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Police: Missing SC hospitality exec killed himself

Police: SC hospitality executive who had been missing 10 days killed himself in parking garage By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) ' Authorities say the president of South Carolina's Hospitality Association killed himself in the parking garage of his office building.

Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott said Tom Sponseller's body was found around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday in the garage, which had been searched three times in the 10 days since the 61-year-old lobbyist was reported missing.

Scott says a note found Tuesday in Sponseller's office referred to a federal investigation into the association's finances, but Scott would not give additional details.



Scott says Sponseller was behind two locked doors in a room where people frequently took smoke breaks. Officers hadn't had the keys for the room before Tuesday. Sponseller was reported missing Feb. 18.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says it appears Sponseller shot himself in the head.


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