Someone shot a pregnant woman to death and then set her on fire in some woods in northeastern Richland County.
Now investigators are trying to identify the woman and determine who killed her. It was also unclear if the woman was killed in the area or brought there.
Firefighters were working to extinguishing a brush fire, about five acres in size, in the woods off Screaming Eagle and McCords Ferry roads when they found the body Thursday, officials said.
The body was turned over to the Richland County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy and officials discovered on Friday that she was murdered.
“An autopsy conducted today shows the victim died from a gunshot wound and was then set on fire,” Coroner Gary Watts said Friday.
The victim is described as a black woman, between 20 and 35 years of age. She is about 5 foot, 8 inches tall and weighed between 120 and 135 pounds.
“She was also 21 weeks pregnant,” Mr. Watts said.
Anyone with information that can help identify the victim is asked to call the Richland County Coroner’s office at (803) 576-1799.
Anyone with information concerning the crime is asked to call the Richland County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 576-3000 or Crime Stoppers (888) 274-6372.
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