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South Carolina mail carrier shot and killed during delivery route in apparent homicide


A manhunt was underway Thursday in South Carolina for the gunman who shot and killed a U.S. Postal Service worker while she dropped off mail along her delivery route.

Irene Pressley, who worked as a carrier for nearly 22 years, was found dead from a gunshot wound Monday afternoon inside her SUV, which was parked in Andrew along Morrisville Road, WCSC reported. Williamsburg County Coroner Harrison Knight said the 64-year-old appeared to be the victim of a homicide and that her autopsy results are pending.

U.S. Postal Inspection Service Spokeswoman Jessica Adams confirmed Pressley was killed while on the job, though it’s unclear whether or not she was inside her mail carrier’s vehicle at the time of the fatal incident.

In a press release on Tuesday, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced an award for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman or gunmen involved in the shooting.

Neither police nor the postal service have identified any suspects, though authorities have said they could face the death penalty in the case.

“Currently, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service takes the security and well-being of postal service employees very seriously,” the Charlotte branch of the agency said in a statement to ABC News.

“Postal Inspectors, along with the Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, are investigation the recent homicide of USPS Rural carrier Irene Pressley.”

With News Wire Services