melissa i. whitis

Melissa I. Whitis

A Frankfort woman was found dead in South Carolina, authorities said Thursday. 

A woman whose body was found Sept. 20 on Lizzie Melton Road in Chester County was identified as Melissa I. Whitis, 31. 

The Chester County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that Whitis’ last known address was on Bypass Plaza in Frankfort. The sheriff’s office said that it believed Whitis to be near Interstate 40 in Davie County, North Carolina, on Sept. 17. At the time, she could have been wearing yellow pants, a gray overcoat and a knee brace while having her hair pulled up and/or in a knit cap. 

Davie County is about a two-hour drive from Chester County, or more than 100 miles, according to the shortest route in Google Maps. 

Anyone who has information about Whitis or had contact with her since Sept. 17 is asked to call the Chester County Sheriff’s Office at 803-581-5131. 

Franklin County Sheriff Chris Quire said he had heard about the identification of Whitis through news outlets, but his office was not assisting with the investigation as of Friday morning. He said he planned to reach out to the Chester County Sheriff's Office to offer assistance and will try to reach Whitis' local family members. 

Southern Oaks Funeral Home in Somerset, Kentucky, published an obituary for Whitis on its Facebook page. The obituary identifies her as a resident of Somerset, a 2006 graduate of Pulaski County High School and a student at Somerset Community College at the time of her death. 

Whitis was married to Clifton Lee Whitis Jr. and was the mother of two children.

This story will be updated as information becomes available. 

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