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Body found near missing Hollywood woman's home

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BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) -

A body was found Saturday evening along Toogoodoo Road in Hollywood, South Carolina. Investigators have not released any details about the gender or identity of the body.

The wooded area it was found in is about half-a-mile from Julia Mudgett's home.

The Charleston County Sheriff's office says Jerry Manigault has been charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree murder. Manigault was already in jail for failing to register as a sex offender and is also a suspect in a murder in Beaufort County.

"Given the circumstances and concern that we were not going to find her alive, and, so, I think to the extent that, and it's a bit early yet, but I think they will be somewhat relieved if this in fact turns out to be her," said Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon.

Deputies say the body was wrapped in a blanket or quilt. Mudgett was last seen almost two weeks ago. The sheriff's office says it will be hours before an identification is made.

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