Officer terminated for conduct unbecoming a deputy

Published on Monday, June 7, 2021

During the transition period of when Sheriff Hobart Lewis was taking office changes began being made with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office cold case investigations and in particular missing person investigations.

Investigators re-opened a case in April 2020 involving missing person, Rena Beamer.

During the course of the investigation it was discovered that former deputy Joseph Parrish failed to perform his duties as a Deputy Sheriff. Subsequently an internal investigation was initiated. During the investigation, Parrish was placed on administrative leave and as of June 2 Sheriff Lewis terminated Parrish for Conduct Unbecoming a Deputy. Lewis also requested the State Law Enforcement Division to conduct a criminal investigation into the matter.

The missing person, identified as 83 year-old, Rena Hefner Beamer, is believed to be deceased according to statements received by investigators. She was reportedly last seen in the mid summer of 2017 and it is believed she died in August 2017.

Investigators have made an arrest in connection with this case as they charged 46 year-old, Beth Edith Beamer with Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult, Desecration or removal of human remains, Unauthorized removal of a dead body, Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult, Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult and Obstruction of Investigation.

“The men and women of this agency are duly sworn to protect the people within Greenville County and are obligated to do so with integrity and service and our office will not tolerate anything less," Lewis said. "While unfortunate we have to address this, our agency will continue our efforts to assist SLED to ensure the case is resolved with integrity.”



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