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It sounds like something out of a horror movie, but this scenario became a grim reality for the eight teenagers who stumbled across the unidentified body in Orangeburg County on Sunday afternoon (3 January).
At around 5.40pm, the youngsters made the gruesome discovery after entering the abandoned house.
They decided to go inside because they'd heard it was haunted, but soon discovered there were much more terrifying things than ghosts hiding within.
The smell was unbearable, and the body was unrecognisable with decay, as well as being infested with maggots.
Obviously, they alerted the authorities, who are to perform an autopsy on the corpse later this week in an attempt to discern the person's identity, as well as a cause of death.
The boy who opened the freezer said he could smell rotting meat and saw what seemed to be a body wearing blue jeans and socks, according to reports from WACH Fox57.
They quickly closed the freezer and alerted the police.
One of the teenagers, Madison Childers, said: "It was very scary.
"You couldn't tell it was a person, because I think it had been in there for months."
She added: "There were maggots everywhere."
All of the witnesses reported an horrific smell, as well as the badly decomposed state of the corpse, which appears to have been there for some time.
Another of the teens, Corey Antley, said he was overwhelmed by the stench emanating from the freezer.
He explained: "As soon as the seal broke loose, it was just a horrifying smell.
"It's something you won't forget, really."
Another of the witnesses spoke of how shocked the group were to discover the body, and described the trauma they've all suffered since making their grisly find.
Riley Robinson told the local news station: "I didn't know what to do, I was speechless."
Robinson added: "I heard that once you smell a human you can't ever forget it. And I can still smell it right now."
The autopsy is set to take place at the Orangeburg County Coroner's Office later on this week.
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