RICHLAND COUNTY, SC — The woman whose body was found inside a Rubbermaid container in a McDonald’s parking lot Monday has been identified by the Richland County Coroner’s Office.
Temukisa Enele, 25, died from complications from multiple stab wounds and lacerations, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said. She was from American Samoa, but was in Columbia working, Watts said.
Deputies have already charged her live-in boyfriend, Faasiu Toese, 26, with murder in the crime, deputies said. He is currently being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing before a circuit court judge.
Deputies were to the McDonald’s parking lot at 7011 Parklane Road where they found Toese standing by a 2000 Mitsubishi Montero. He allegedly told deputies about a woman’s body in the back seat, a sheriff’s department release stated.
Then, deputies found Enele’s body inside the container.
The couple lived about 3 miles away from the McDonalds, in a home in the 200 block of Ferrell Drive. Investigators are still trying to determine where the stabbing occurred, and why Toese drove to the McDonalds before calling police.
R. Darren Price