Police say large barrel of alcohol found with man's body

The Royal Garden Hotel in Garden City

A preliminary autopsy shows that the man whose body was found in a hotel room with a 40 to 55 gallon barrel of alcohol died of natural causes.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler said an autopsy performed Tuesday morning showed that Brandon Tarlton, 40, died of natural causes.

Tarlton's body was found in a room at the Royal Garden Resort in Garden City Monday afternoon.

Police also found a large barrel filled with alcohol inside the room, said Capt. Rodney Jewett with the Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire Department.

Jewett said on Monday that it wasn't clear if the barrel was filled with mash, which is used to make moonshine, or if it was actual moonshine, which is the final product.

He also says they also found items used to make moonshine in the room.

The Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire Department was called to the Royal Garden Resort around 1:30 p.m. for a medical response.

Two blocks of North Waccamaw Drive were closed down from Calhoun Drive to Seabreeze Drive for about five hours while officers investigated the possibility of hazardous materials inside the hotel room.