Beaufort deputies: Missing woman found dead, suicide suspected

Mercy Ann Eklund

LADY'S ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- A missing Beaufort County woman was found dead in a secluded Hampton County cemetery Wednesday, a day after she was reported missing.{}

According to Beaufort County deputies, 26-year-old Mercy Ann Eklund's body as found off a trail in a Hampton County cemetery after a caretaker for the property reported seeing her around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.{}

She had been reported missing Tuesday night after her family said she went to file her taxes at 2 p.m. and never returned and they were concerned because she had seemed suicidal in recent weeks.{}

Her boyfriend said that Eklund had already filed her taxes and gotten her refund, according to the report, and that's when they found that a handgun was also missing.{}

Investigators said Eklund appeared to have a single gunshot wound to the head.

The State Law Enforcement Division and the Hampton County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.