Children find body of SC teen in dirt road

thestate.comFebruary 27, 2014 

Briana Nicole Rabon

— A 2013 Lugoff-Elgin High School graduate was identified Thursday as the victim in a Kershaw County homicide.

Briana Nicole Rabon, 18, was positively identified Wednesday by the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.

Mary Anne Byrd, spokeswoman for Kershaw County Schools, said grief counselors are on-hand Thursday at the school for students who may want to talk.

Investigators found a young woman’s body off White Pond Road near the upscale Haig’s Creek subdivision of Elgin. As authorities were investigating the scene, a missing person report was filed, Matthews said. An autopsy will be performed today to determine how she died.

Children playing on a dirt road, running along electrical lines near Elgin, discovered the body on Wednesday afternoon.

Although a lot of evidence has been collected by SLED forensics investigators where the body was found, it’s not clear where the woman was killed. She was last seen in the company of a male before midnight Tuesday night, Matthews said. Authorities would like to talk to him.

Investigators located her car parked at a Waffle House on S.C. 601 at Interstate 20.

“At the present time we have some very strong leads that we are working and we have gathered considerable evidence,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in a Thursday morning press release

“Although one can ever say with certainty that we will solve this horrible crime quickly, I feel very confident that we are moving in the right direction. This is our number one priority and we will leave no stone unturned. I am not too proud to ask for outside help in solving this and we will use whatever resources that are made available to us.”

Matthews implored anyone who knows anything about the crime, or saw the victim on Tuesday afternoon, to contact the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office at 425-1512 and ask for Lt. Steve Knafelc. He said tipsters’ confidentiality will be protected.

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