MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – On the afternoon of June 3, 2022, WMBF News obtained documents from the South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement via Freedom of Information Act request regarding the death of 21-year-old Sheridan Wahl.
These documents provide more details about the investigation and the events leading up to his disappearance and death.
Officials said Wahl, a Florida native, traveled to Myrtle Beach to visit her father last September.
A day after her disappearance, she was found dead a few days later behind a Florence County fire station about 45 miles away.
12th Judicial Circuit attorney Ed Clements later declined to press charges in the case, and no manner of death has been determined.
WMBF requested the referenced attachments, which are audio and video interviews, photos, and surveillance footage of SLED. We will share them when we receive them.
The following chronological account has been edited for brevity, but the associated documents can be read in full at the bottom of this article.
SEVEN. 18, 2021
Wahl’s mother later told SLED agents that Sheridan moved in with her in December 2020 following a bad relationship. In the weeks leading up to her disappearance and death, her mother said Sheridan seemed to “lose track of time, like when to go to work or when she needed to be in a certain place.”
Wahl then told her mother she was moving out and began packing her things. She seemed happy, but according to her mother, she was “not in her normal state of mind”. Wahl also told her mother that she was going to visit her father and would be there in about 20 minutes.
Her mother also said Wahl talked about time travel and how she could move faster, adding that she spoke like she was “invincible”.
Wahl’s father told SLED officers that she called him around 4 p.m. and told him she was coming to Myrtle Beach.
He said his daughter was in Tampa, Florida, but she told him she would be there “in thirty minutes” when they spoke again around 9:25 p.m.
Wahl told her father that she was a “witch” and was in a “time vortex”, also claiming that she could time travel.
He spoke to her again at 10:26 p.m. and she was in Orlando. After telling her that she was going in the wrong direction, Wahl again stated that she was a witch, that time was constant, and that she would see him in ten minutes.
SEVEN. 19, 2021
Sheridan texted her dad at 3:41 a.m. and said she was going to find a hotel but didn’t say where.
Sheridan’s father said he spoke to his daughter again at 10:43 a.m., and she told him she would meet him at the Back Yard Sports Bar and Grill in Myrtle Beach about two hours later. She never showed up, and he told SLED officers that was the last he heard from his daughter.
He also said he had never heard his daughter speak that way before and never knew she used “hard drugs”.
When she was in Myrtle Beach, Wahl’s mom said she was going to rent a scooter and go for a ride before she saw her dad. When her mother told her she should go home, Wahl then left Myrtle Beach, but the two spoke to each other after she left. His mother thinks Sheridan’s phone must be dead because communication stopped shortly after he left Myrtle Beach.
Sheridan’s mother later filed a police report with the Myrtle Beach Police Department and her father said he was not aware of anyone who would want to harm his daughter.
He said he knew someone who lived in Myrtle Beach who saw Sheridan on September 19 and stopped by to talk to him.
SLED officers also spoke to a Myrtle Beach man who was a former neighbor of Wahl’s in Florida and had known her for more than two years. He said he had about three missed calls on the morning of Sept. 19 from Wahl that arrived around 4 a.m. He texted her asking what was going on and she told him she was on her way to Myrtle Beach.
When he woke up a few hours later, he called her back. He said Sheridan told him she was running away from her mother because she was “shocking his brain”. She also told him that she had a “spiritual advisor” with her. She wanted to meet him at a scooter shop, and she called him later to meet her at the store, later identified as Scooter Rental of Myrtle Beach.
He said Sheridan “looked lost” and looked different when he saw her. He also noticed that she had no shoes on. He bought her breakfast at a nearby restaurant.
Sheridan then said she wanted to buy a scooter instead. When they got to the store, she asked if he could hear her, but claimed she didn’t say anything. “Oh, my spiritual advisor wouldn’t let him out,” Sheridan replied. Similar cases happened four times while they were together.
A company employee who spoke to SLED described Sheridan as “a little spacey” and said she talks to everyone in the store. She first entered alone, but then entered with her former neighbor, whom she met. The employee took her picture because she was dancing.
The employee told SLED that Sheridan left the store with her former neighbor, while her former neighbor claimed she left on her own. The employee said the two men got into a dark-colored truck and left around 11 a.m.
His former neighbor then realized that the spiritual advisor was imaginary. Sheridan told her that her counselor was “found in a bathtub with her throat slit by a man” and that the counselor helped her get to Myrtle Beach “into a wormhole.” She claimed it only took an hour to drive to Myrtle Beach from Tampa.
Sheridan then received a FaceTime call from her mother and walked away before hanging up. Her mother texted Sheridan about 45 minutes later, and Wahl told her former neighbor that her mother was having a heart attack and she needed to get back to her.
He remembers she left at 12:15 p.m. and he didn’t go anywhere with her. He called her back around 1 p.m. and she told him she was going to her mother’s before hanging up. He told SLED he had never seen her act like that before, adding that she was “dancing and acting weird.”
FCSO responded to a vehicle fire on Highway 378 and Keith Lane. The car came back as being linked to Wahl after a vehicle identification number check.
A man interviewed by SLED officers said he saw smoke near Union School Road and believed there was a fire in the area. He said a woman, later identified as Wahl, walked up to him stating she was “a goddess, trying to save the world” before asking for a ride to Myrtle Beach. He didn’t know who Wahl was.
He told her he had to be somewhere, but he could take her to Kingsburg to get her closer to the beach. The two got into a white Toyota Tacoma and took Route 378. The man told officers Wahl was speaking normally before saying “things are going to get a little crazy” and telling her she was a “goddess ” and a “witch”.
He also told officers that Wahl said she could talk on the radio, walked through fire, and was “trying to save the world.” He didn’t notice any marks on Wahl.
The man stopped at the HSFFD after being on the freeway for a few minutes. Wahl got out of the truck and left his phone, charger and a Toyota key in his truck. He told her not to forget her things, and she went back to get them before saying “I can’t die, look at this.”
That’s when the man said Wahl pulled into moving traffic on Highway 378. The man attempted to try to slow the vehicles.
Meanwhile, an HSFFD firefighter told SLED he saw Wahl get out of the passenger side of the Tacoma and walk down the freeway. The firefighter also didn’t know who Wahl was, but matched the previous man’s description of his appearance.
Wahl then walked in front of his truck and he swerved so as not to hit her. The firefighter told SLED that she smiled at him after he swerved and she was “acting crazy.” The other vehicles had to slow down so as not to hit her.
He then saw Wahl through his rear view mirror running towards the fire department gates, holding a cell phone. The aforementioned truck pulled out onto the highway and overtook him. He told SLED he saw her running behind the fire department.
The man in the Tacoma told SLED he looked in the rearview mirror and saw her back onto the freeway as he drove away. He never saw her again and went home.
The fireman said he had gone to his mother’s house, where he was leaving to begin with, and told her to lock his doors. He then returned home and provided information about the man in the Tacoma.
SLED also obtained surveillance footage from a nearby home along Highway 378 that appeared to show Sheridan’s vehicle.
At around 2:31 p.m., this footage shows a vehicle matching his passing from left to right in the camera view before slowing down. He then left the highway to take a dirt driveway across the street. This is when the tires can only be seen in camera view.
About 20 minutes later, a person is seen exiting the field next to the dirt driveway. The person could not be identified in the images due to the distance.
Another set of images from a nearby business also showed a vehicle matching Sheridan’s description on Highway 378. No occupants were visible.
SEVEN. 20, 2021
A day after the missing person report was filed, the MBPD asked SLED to investigate Wahl’s disappearance.
Meanwhile, an HSFFD deputy fire chief told SLED that he saw what appeared to be litter near the practice tower that morning, but didn’t look any further.
Sheridan’s father said he was notified that day by Florence County Sheriff TJ Joye that his daughter’s car was found burnt out along Route 378.
SEVEN. 21, 2021
Another HSFFD firefighter told SLED they saw what appeared to be litter before realizing it was a hat as it got closer. He then found Wahl face down and went to tell the Deputy Chief.
The two put on gloves and went to check on her, finding that she had no pulse and appeared purple. The two said it was obvious she had been there for some time.
A Florence County deputy arrived later and took over the scene. Florence County Sheriff TJ Joye then asked SLED to continue the investigation into Wahl’s death.
Joye then called Wahl’s father to tell him that they had found a body believed to be his daughter. A Florence County deputy coroner later confirmed his identity.
SEVEN. 24, 2021
An autopsy of Sheridan’s body is performed, the cause of death being “multiple blunt injuries from a fall”. The manner of death was undetermined.
APRIL 12, 2022
12th Judicial Circuit attorney Ed Clements sent a letter to SLED saying he would not pursue charges related to Wahl’s death.
Clements said he found “no legal basis for this case”, adding that there was no evidence of foul play.
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