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Beaufort County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 :: 03:00 p.m. EST


COLD CASE: Sean Sandlin & Robert John Walsh (2002)

Sean Sandlin & Robert John Walsh (2002)

On 02-22-2002, Sean Sandlin and Robert Walsh, both 30-year-old, were found shot to death in a storage unit located at Taylor’s Warehouse in Bluffton.  Through investigation, it was apparent unknown suspect(s) surprised the two while they were working in their storage unit, shooting them with a high powered long gun.  It was believed the overhead door to the storage unit was open upon the suspects approach and then shut after the shooting, probably to delay their discovery.  Gunshots were heard by witnesses in the surrounding neighborhood, who reported seeing what appeared to be a Ford King Rancher pickup truck speeding out of the Taylor Warehouse parking lot around the time it is believed Walsh and Sandlin were murdered. 
The information provided by the various witnesses did not lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.   A search of the storage unit where they were found and rented by Walsh, revealed property stolen from construction sites from as far away as Charleston.   It was also discovered, Walsh rented another storage unit at Taylor’s Warehouse and when searched, revealed additional property stolen from construction sites.  It is believed that both Walsh and Sandlin were travelling outside Beaufort County and were stealing from home sites under construction, then selling the tools and other stolen items on the black market. 
In addition, Walsh had been arrested and charged with extortion several months prior to the murders.  These discoveries created a difficult task of narrowing a suspect list, as both were high risk victims engaged in inherently dangerous criminal activities. 


A Reward of Up to $2500 is offered for information leading to an arrest in any Beaufort County Cold Case.


During some Criminal Investigations, investigators might exhaust all credible leads in a case. When this happens, the case can become stagnant or what is typically known as “Cold”.

We are making theses Cold Case Files accessible to the public in hopes that someone might come forward with information that may not have yet been uncovered.

No matter how insignificant it may seem, any information offered in reference to a Cold Case could prove to be the missing link needed to solve the case.

If you have any information regarding this Unsolved Cold Case, you may contact Captain Bob Bromage at (843) 255- 3402, (843) 816-8013 or or Crimestoppers. 


To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 
1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372)
Or text the word TIPSC with a message to
CRIMES (274637).

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office
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Beaufort, SC 29902

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