Police investigate bags of body parts
Roy Allen Steward, 54, of Creekside Mobile Home Park on Bacon’s Bridge Road, Summerville, was reported missing Jan. 14, to Summerville Police by his brother, from Texas. Police went to Steward’s home and interviewed his roommate, Nancy Sue Bentley, 53, at that time.
Bentley was charged Saturday, Jan. 18, with careless driving by the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, and taken into custody. Her vehicle was turned over to Creeks Rat Towing for safe keeping, according to the DCSO incident report.
On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Summerville Police located Bentley’s vehicle, obtained a search warrant and searched her vehicle. They found three trash bags in the trunk containing dismembered body parts.
Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nesbit determined the dismembered body belonged to Steward.
In a press release the coroner wrote:
“SPD attained a search warrant and the trunk of the vehicle was opened and inside were three large black trash bags. Once I inspected them closer, on the scene, it was obvious the contents of the bags were human remains.
“At that point one of my Deputies and I removed the bags and transported them to the county morgue to prepare for Autopsy. At Autopsy is was revealed that the remains in the bags appear to be the missing man, that was reported missing by his brother that lives in Texas on (Jan. 14).
“Mr. Steward had been indeed dismembered, but the Autopsy results are pending as of now, until I get toxicology back from SLED and fingerprint identification is confirmed, and my investigation is complete.
“But, as of now, I feel safe to say that the remains belong to Roy Allen Steward, DOB 05/28/1959, from Creekside Mobile home park on Bacons Bridge Road. I can say this, due to tattoos and other obvious things about the decedent that was revealed to us by his brother.”
Bentley was located Wednesday and arrested by Summerville Police, according to Cpt. Jon Rogers, PIO, SPD, for “providing false statements to investigators involving the circumstances…and warrants were issued for obstruction of justice.”
According to Rogers the investigation, including the manner of death, is still ongoing.
On Thursday, Jan. 23, additional charges were brought against Bently. A warrant for Desecration of Human Remains was issued stating that Bently used a “camping style folding saw to remove the legs from the deceased remains...also attempted to remove the arms and head...placed [the body] into multiple trash bags and loaded into the trunk of the victim’s vehicle.”
At her bond hearing she was denied bail and remains incarcerated.