Missing hospitality exec found dead in office garage after police find letter about missing $900,000 in his office

South Carolina Highway Patrol

The body of the missing hospitality association CEO was found in a garage this morning less than two weeks after $900,000 was discovered missing from the company’s accounts.

The president of South Carolina’s Hospitality Association Tom Sponsellor, 61, appeared to have shot himself in the head in a locked room where employees usually took smoke breaks.

Despite the garage being searched three times in the ten days since he disappeared, officers did not have the key to the room until today.Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott said a note found today in Sponseller’s office referred to a federal investigation into the association’s finances.

It emerged last week that more than $100,000 and possibly up to $900,000 was missing from the association’s accounts.

Investigators told The State newspaper that the association’s accounting director, Rachel Duncan, is a person of interest in the missing money case. However, she has not been charged at this stage.

Greg Harris, a defense attorney representing Duncan, 41, declined to comment on allegations of missing money.



Posted on February 28, 2012, in United States and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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