- Associated Press - Sunday, January 19, 2014

SENECA, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a 61-year-old man found dead under the rubble of his burned Westminster home nearly three weeks after his disappeared was beaten in the head.

Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said Sunday that autopsy results determined Richard Marszalek was killed with an object that hasn’t been determined.

Marszalek’s body was found Friday in the rubble of his home, which burned down on Jan. 4. Marszalek was last seen about a week earlier.

Addis says Marszalek’s body was not burned in the blaze.

The coroner says recent cold weather helped preserve Marszalek’s body, making the autopsy and identification easier.

Deputies charged 28-year-old Joshua Fulbright and 27-year-old Patrick Covon with murder in Marszalek’s killing. No motive has been given. It wasn’t known if either man had an attorney.

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