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Sumter County, South Carolina

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Sumter County
Sumter County Courthouse, Sumter
Sumter County Courthouse, Sumter
Map of South Carolina highlighting Sumter County
Location within the U.S. state of South Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting South Carolina

South Carolina's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 33°55′N 80°23′W / 33.92°N 80.38°W / 33.92; -80.38
Country United States
State South Carolina
Named forThomas Sumter
Largest citySumter
 • Total682 sq mi (1,770 km2)
 • Land665 sq mi (1,720 km2)
 • Water17 sq mi (40 km2)  2.5%%
 • Total107,456
 • Estimate 
 • Density160/sq mi (61/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional districts5th, 6th

Sumter County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 107,456; in a 2018 census estimate, the population was at 106,512.[1] Its county seat is Sumter.[2] The county was created in 1800.[3]

Sumter County comprises the Sumter, South Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area.

It is the home of Shaw AFB, headquarters to the 9th Air Force, AFCENT, United States Army Central, with a number of other tenant units. It is one of largest bases in the USAF's Air Combat Command.

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Welcome Back Strangers! On August 9, 1976 at 6:20 AM a trucker saw something unusual on a dirt road between I-95 and Lynches River Road, in Sumter South Carolina. He stopped to investigate and discovered two bodies on the side of the road. Both victims had been shot three times, execution style. One shot in the throat, one in the chest, and one in the back with a .357 revolver. The victims are simply known as Jock and Jane Doe. Their bodies were kept in air tight, transparent caskets for a year after their deaths in hopes that someone would come forward and identify them. When the bodes began to deteriorate too much local law enforcement raised money to have a funeral and bury the bodies in a local cemetery. The killer and the victims identities still remain unsolved, here are 5 Disturbing Theories On The Sumter County Does Murders. Police believe that Jock was between the ages of 18 to 30 years old. He appeared to be young, but his dental history suggested he was over 27 years old. He had an extension amount of dental work performed, including a unique kind of root canal that may have been done outside of the United States. He had various scars on his body that appeared to be from playing sports throughout his life. He had an expensive gold watch and had a 14-karat gold ring with the initials JPF engraved inside. He had a promotional shirt from the 1975 Sebring Races that were held in Florida and a pack of matches from a Midwest truck stop. Investigators believe that Jane was between the ages of 18 to 25 years old. She was younger and smaller than Jock. She had never been pregnant, had no scars, but had two distinct moles on her left cheek. She wore three unique rings that appeared to be handmade authentic Mexican or Native American jewelry that were made from sterling silver. Both victims had olive skin and looked similar. Many thought they were siblings at first, until later DNA testing proved that they were not related. Both took great care of their physical appearance and neither wore underwear. Their last meal was determined to be fruit or ice-cream with fruit on top, and no drugs or alcohol or were found in their system according to their autopsies. Neither victim was found with any form of ID or money on them. 1. The couple’s belongings and dental work suggests that they were wealthy and had travelled throughout various places in the United States. Months after the murders a campground employee near Santee, South Carolina told police that he thought he had encountered the couple and became friends with them when they were staying at the campground. According to him, the dead man was names Jock or possibly Jacques was the son of a doctor in Canada. His family had disowned him when he gave up on pursuing a medical career. Jock and his girlfriend were travelling the United States to get away from Canada and his parents. Jock tried unsuccessfully to pawn a ring like the one the dead man was found wearing while they were at the campground. It is thought that the J escribed on the ring found by police was for the name Jacques. 2. It is possible that the couple were hitchhiking and were picked up by someone dangerous or they had they were carjacked by a hitchhiker before being murdered. A hermit living nearby the dirt road said he saw a man and woman dropped off on the side of the road that night. Later he heard gun shots and saw what he thought was a van drive away. The hermit did not call the police when he originally witnessed this. He only contacted the police after the story was all over the news. The book of matches found in Jock’s pocket belonged to a truck stop chain that had locations in Idaho, Nebraska, and Arizona. A mechanic from Nebraska contacted police when he saw the the case on the national news one night. He said recognized the couple and thought he had worked on their car that had Washington or Oregon license plates when they were passing through the area. Someone witnessed a couple that matched the victims appearance at a fruit stand off the Florence Highway in South Carolina. However, the person could not say whether the couple had their own vehicle or were riding with an unknown person. 3. Some have suggested that they were refugees fleeing Argentinian or Chile during the Dirty Wars and ended up at the wrong place at the wrong time. The olive skin, lack of under wear, and Jane’s unshaved legs suggest they may have been from a South American country. It would explain why no one came forward to identify the bodies. They may have been an unlucky couple alone in a new country trying to make the best out of their situation before being tragically murdered in cold blood. 4. A more sinister theory suggests that couple were drug smugglers who had a hit put out on them by the mob. That would explain why they were killed execution style which is synonymous with mafia hits. It was later discovered that many IMSA race teams were involved in huge international drug smuggling rings, and Jock had the IMSA Sebring Promotional race shirt. Them or their family may have been involved in illegal activity hence their wealthy appearance and family not coming forward to identify their bodies. 5. A trucker named George Henry from North Carolina was pulled over in South Carolina for driving under the influence four months after the murders. Police discovered a revolver with it’s serial number removed inside his truck. Later ballistic testing confirmed that it is was the murder weapon used in the Sumter Doe murders. George Henry was interrogated and underwent multiple polygraph tests but was ultimately not charged with the murders. Police were unable to establish a chain of custody of the ownership of the gun at the time of murders. The revolver was originally stolen from the Raleigh Durham area before Henry bought the gun. Today, no one knows who the mysterious couple were, why they were murdered, or who even did it. What do you think strangers? Were they an innocent couple traveling the United States, or do you think they were in too deep in illegal activity that lead to their murder? Let us know what you think in the comments below. We love hearing your ideas. Join us on our discord server to connect directly with us. Be sure like this video if you enjoyed it, subscribe if you haven’t already done so, and smash that bell button so will know when the we release our next video. Until then, stay strange!



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 682 square miles (1,770 km2), of which 665 square miles (1,720 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (2.5%) is water.[4] It is drained by the Black River and its tributaries.[5] Its western border is formed by the Wateree River. One of South Carolina's most famous areas are the High Hills of Santee comprising the western part of the county. The county is one of five that borders Lake Marion, also known as South Carolina's "Inland Sea."

Adjacent counties

Major highways


Statue of Thomas Sumter on the courthouse lawn in Sumter
Statue of Thomas Sumter on the courthouse lawn in Sumter
Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2018106,512[1]−0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[10]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 107,456 people, 40,398 households, and 28,311 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 161.6 inhabitants per square mile (62.4/km2). There were 46,011 housing units at an average density of 69.2 per square mile (26.7/km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 48.2% white, 46.9% black or African American, 1.1% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.4% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.3% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 7.2% were Subsaharan African, 6.9% were American, 6.1% were English, 5.9% were German, and 5.7% were Irish.[13]

Of the 40,398 households, 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 20.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.9% were non-families, and 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.11. The median age was 35.4 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $39,137 and the median income for a family was $45,460. Males had a median income of $36,101 versus $28,421 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,944. About 15.5% of families and 19.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.1% of those under age 18 and 14.7% of those age 65 or over.[14]




Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Notable people


Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 42.5% 18,745 54.6% 24,047 2.9% 1,294
2012 40.7% 19,274 58.3% 27,589 0.9% 446
2008 41.9% 18,581 57.3% 25,431 0.8% 346
2004 48.8% 18,074 50.5% 18,695 0.6% 234
2000 51.9% 15,915 46.8% 14,365 1.3% 392
1996 47.6% 12,080 48.0% 12,198 4.4% 1,114
1992 47.3% 12,576 44.6% 11,852 8.2% 2,168
1988 57.7% 13,161 41.7% 9,502 0.6% 138
1984 57.1% 12,909 42.4% 9,566 0.5% 115
1980 52.5% 10,557 45.7% 9,205 1.8% 364
1976 46.9% 9,332 52.6% 10,471 0.6% 109
1972 64.8% 10,892 34.5% 5,801 0.6% 107
1968 33.4% 5,451 37.4% 6,103 29.2% 4,754
1964 67.2% 7,729 32.8% 3,775
1960 63.9% 4,633 36.1% 2,616
1956 22.5% 1,356 15.5% 937 62.0% 3,741
1952 70.1% 4,726 29.9% 2,014
1948 4.4% 154 17.4% 605 78.2% 2,718
1944 3.0% 73 87.9% 2,111 9.0% 217
1940 0.0% 0 0.0% 0
1936 2.7% 58 97.3% 2,062
1932 3.1% 59 96.4% 1,809 0.4% 8
1928 12.7% 174 87.4% 1,202
1924 1.5% 18 93.4% 1,136 5.1% 62
1920 14.4% 194 85.6% 1,150
1916 9.3% 142 89.3% 1,357 1.4% 21
1912 3.1% 31 91.6% 910 5.2% 52
1904 13.0% 137 87.0% 919
1900 11.1% 150 88.9% 1,199

See also


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "South Carolina: Individual County Chronologies". South Carolina Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2009. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  5. ^ Wikisource Ripley, George; Dana, Charles A., eds. (1879). "Sumter, the name of four counties in the United States. I. An E. county of South Carolina" . The American Cyclopædia.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  10. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 14 Apr 2014.
  11. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  12. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  13. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  14. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2018-03-13.

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