A teenager’s body lay in the hotel room for a week before authorities were alerted

The body of a teenager was left in a hotel room for a week before anyone was alerted, according to South Carolina officials.

The Greenville County Coroner’s Office (GCCO) said the lifeless body of 14-year-old Landon Chance Poston was found Monday in a room at the InTown Suites in Greenville.

The coroner was called around 7:30 p.m. about a body at a hotel, according to Fox affiliate WHNS. It was unclear who called the coroner’s office.

After an inquest, the coroner estimated that Poston had died on November 14. The coroner’s office added Poston’s mother was in the hotel room and was “disconnected.”

Stock image of a police car
Stock image of a police car. Poston’s body was found Monday at a South Carolina hotel.

An unnamed relative told the network that Poston’s mother was taken to a nearby intensive care unit, but it was unclear what led to her condition.

The coroner told WHNS it could take anywhere from eight to 12 weeks to determine Poston’s cause of death.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 5,623 children ages 5 to 14 died in the United States in 2020.

The CDC added that the leading causes of death for children between the ages of 10 and 14 are accidents, intentional self-harm and cancer.

In 2020, the South Carolina Child Well-Being Data Profile for Greenville County indicated that the mortality rate for children ages 1 to 14 was 22.7 per 100,000. Greenville County’s ranking for the deaths of children of this age was 31 out of 46 in 2020.

A Greenville County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) incident report obtained by WHNS said Poston’s body showed no obvious signs of physical injury.

news week has asked GCSO and GCCO for comment.

In March, the body of an 18-year-old woman who had been missing for several months was found under a pile of clothes on the same street where she was last seen. Police in Cleveland, Ohio, said a cleaner came across the remains of Audreona Barnes on the balcony of an apartment.

The remains were then turned over to the Cuyahoga County Coroner, where Barnes was identified.

Barnes was last seen on July 30, 2021. Her mother, Akua Avegnon, told WOIO-TV that she dreamed of joining the army. It was later revealed that Barnes had been shot in the head and left on the balcony to hasten the decomposition.

Her boyfriend Bennie Washington, 39, has been charged with aggravated murder and gross mistreatment of a corpse.

He allegedly shot his girlfriend and left her on the balcony of his apartment for months, according to police and court documents.

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Rick Schindler

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