SC woman gets her stolen vehicle back after man found dead inside

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A woman in Liberty said she was shocked to get a phone call from law enforcement, saying they had located her stolen vehicle after a dead man was found inside.

Brianna Tant of LIberty reported her vehicle stolen to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.

It was a day later than Tant said she got a call from a detective that her vehicle had been located in Abbeville County near a set of train tracks.

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The man sitting lifeless in the passenger seat was identified by the Abbeville County Coroner as Danny Ray Hinton, 31, of Honea Path.

No foul play was suspected in his death, according to Coroner Ronnie Ashley.

“I asked them how the driver is, if they’re sending him to jail or what are they doing,” said Tant. “He said that he was dead. I started crying…”

Tant said a towing company dropped her vehicle off to her home Thursday morning.

The vehicle was visibly dented and banged up with a broken window, according to 7 News crews who were there.

“Now knowing that someone has died in it, I don’t want to put my daughter back in that,” Tant said.

Tant and her family also found bags of clothing, a photo album and other personal belongings in the trunk of the vehicle that did not belong to anyone they knew.

They intended to contact Hinton’s family to see if any of the belongings were his, in the hopes of giving them back.

Meanwhile, Tant, a single mother of one, was left without a vehicle and no way to get to work.

“I really needed a car and now that I don’t have one and I don’t have the money to get another one, it’s just very upsetting,” she said.

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