NEWBERRY COUNTY, SC — A body found in the Broad River in Newberry County on Friday has been identified as a South Carolina woman, and her husband has been arrested and charged with murder, officials say.
The woman, identified by Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton as Cindy Marie Koon, 42, of Prosperity, was found near S.C. 213 around 12:30 p.m. Friday.
Koon had been beaten, stabbed and cut, according to Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster. She died from a slit jugular vein, Newton said.
Koon’s husband, Allen Lee Koon, 42, also of Prosperity, has been arrested and charged with murder, Foster said in a statement issued Saturday.
Koon reported his wife missing almost at the same time her body was identified, shortly after 6 p.m. Friday, Foster said. Investigators used the state’s fingerprint identification system to identify Koon.
Investigators went to Koon’s home with a search warrant and found several items of evidence, Foster said.
Investigators declined to elaborate on the amount and type of evidence found. But the sheriff said Koon was arrested and charged based on the evidence from the search and statements made during police interviews.
The couple had a documented history of domestic problems dating back to 2007, Foster said. Neither Koon nor his wife had convictions of domestic violence, according to sheriff’s office records.
Koon is believed to have acted alone in the death and moving of his wife’s body, Foster said.
Koon is being held at the Newberry County Detention Center. A bond hearing before a circuit court judge had not been set Saturday afternoon.