Son accused of killing parents, hiding their deaths

Stephen Michael Boggs Jr. arrested in Myrtle Beach


A man captured in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is accused of killing his parents and concealing their deaths after the couple was found dead of gunshot wounds in their Selma home on Sunday.

Johnston County deputies responded to the 960 Olivia Way home for a wellfare check at 3 p.m.

Neighbors reported they hadn’t seen Stephen Michael Boggs Sr., 72, and his wife, Brenda McFatter Boggs, 71, for two months. Deputies say they found the couple’s lifeless bodies inside the home, along with the family’s dog, who was also deceased.

“It appeared the couple had been deceased for a considerable period of time. A search warrant was obtained for the residence by investigators,” said Capt. Jeff Caldwell of the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.

Autopsies determined the Boggses were shot.

“Investigations into the couple’s finances showed recent activity on the couple’s account in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,” Caldwell said.

The couple’s son, 53-year-old Stephen Michael Boggs Jr., was making charges on the account, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The junior Boggs was found in a Myrtle Beach hotel on Monday.

“Neighbors stated they had observed the Boggses’ son, who was reportedly living with the Boggses, coming and going from the house frequently,” Caldwell said. “Neighbors stated the son had not been seen since the middle of last week and they were still not able to make contact with the Boggses.”

Boggs Jr. was arrested and charged with counts of concealing his parents’ deaths. He was taken to the Horry County Detention Center.

“Upon return to Johnston County, Stephen Michael Boggs Jr. will be charged with the murder of his parents, Stephen Michael Boggs Sr. and Brenda McFatter Boggs,” Caldwell said.

The case remains under investigation.

The Horry County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the case.

Boggs Jr. was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, larceny and property damage in 1987. He was sentenced to probation. That has been his only conviction in North Carolina.


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