Police ask for public's help after pregnant woman found dead in Longs

22-year-old Shannon Nicole Ditillio, who was found dead in Longs about four days after she came to the area from Buffalo, N.Y. (Horry County police. WPDE background)

Horry County police are asking for the public's help gathering information about the death of a pregnant woman whose body was found in a vacant lot in Longs on Monday.

Her ex-boyfriend has been taken in to custody by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office on a warrant for an unrelated case, according to the office spokesperson. He is also being asked questions about this case, according to WKBW.

Around 11 a.m. on Monday, April 11, Horry County officers were called to Vera Road in the Longs area after the woman's body was discovered, according to a news release.

The owner of the lot told police he went there to get some dirt and saw the woman lying motionless on the ground, according to a police report. The man said he turned around and called 911 without getting out of his vehicle.

Officers responded and learned that the woman, 22-year-old Shannon Nicole Ditillio, came to the area from Buffalo, N.Y. on Thursday, four days before she was found dead, the report said.

Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard said Ditillio was about 16 weeks pregnant at the time of her death.

Joe Causey, a construction worker on the property where Ditillio was found, said that his boss found the body and that police asked him to be on the lookout for a gun or any evidence.

The woman's cause of death is still unknown, according to the police report, but the woman's mother told WBKW in Buffalo, New York, that her daughter had been shot in the face. Horry County Police Department Major Crimes' detectives are investigating the case as a homicide.

The spokesperson for the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office in North Carolina said Ditillio's ex boyfriend, Christopher Kalb, 24, is being questioned by authorities after being arrested on an unrelated warrant there.

That warrant is for domestic abuse stemming from a November incident. According to that warrant, Kalb grabbed a woman and struck her in the face.

The victim identified in the warrant was not Shannon Ditillio. We are not publishing the victim's name in that case.

Lt. Mark Bonner, with Horry County police, told WKBW that Kalb is being questioned about Shannon's whereabouts and if he saw her when she was in Horry County.

The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office said Kalb would be in court Thursday morning for a bond hearing.

WKBWinterviewed Ditillio's mother who said she's in shock.

In the interview, Lisa Beiter, Ditillio's mother, said Ditillio took a bus to Myrtle Beach and investigators said she arrived there Thursday afternoon.

"I didn't even know she had left town until I had got a call from the coroner that they had found her," she said.

Ditillio was the mother of a a little girl named Autumn, who is just a few months shy of her second birthday.

Beiter said that her daughter traveled to Myrtle Beach to look for her ex-boyfriend and the father of her daughter.

"She was found miles from where the bus station was, so somehow somebody got her there," Beiter said.

Police are looking for any information on the whereabouts of Ditillio during her time in Horry County from April 7 to April 11, 2016.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Horry County Police Department at 843-915-5350 or the Tips Line at 843-915-8477 (TIPS).

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