SLED called in to investigate woman’s death at West Columbia address

Deputies responded to the 200 block of Haleywood Lane (near Three Fountains) in West Columbia right before 9 this morning after receiving a request for a welfare check.

During the welfare check, deputies found a deceased adult female inside a home.

Because of a potential conflict of interest, Sheriff Jay Koon has asked the State Law Enforcement Division to lead the investigation into the woman’s death.

In a release additional questions were referred to SLED’s Thom Berry.

When reached for comment Berry said SLED has sent agents to work the scene where the death occurred.

He said it is not unusual for SLED to assist or take over an investigation, especially where violence is concerned.

“We are actively pursing this case,” Berry said.

Berry offered no more when asked why the incident would involve a conflict of interest for the sheriff or sheriff’s department.

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