LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — A third person has been arrested in the 2011 kidnapping and death of a West Columbia man.
Rachel Rae Fremion, 33, Water Tank Road, Pelion, was booked into the Lexington County Detention Center on Thursday afternoon, charged with accessory after the fact to murder, the Lexington County Sheriffs Department said.
According to an arrest warrant, Fremion helped Jamey Charles Mallette clean up a crime scene at Mallettes Busbee Road house in Gaston between Dec. 24 and Dec. 28, 2011. Mallette, 36, and William Thomas Tommy Embree Jr., 34, are accused of kidnapping and killing Michael Jody George, 22, of West Columbia.
Mallette was arrested Feb. 15 and remains at the detention center after bond was denied. Embree was arrested Dec. 18, 2012 and is serving a six year sentence at McCormick Correctional Institution for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
Fremion was implicated by witness statements. Mallete and Embree Jr. are facing DNA evidence recovered at Mallettes home, according to the department.
George was reported missing by his brother, John Olin Wannamaker, on Christmas Day, 2011. His body has not been recovered, but warrants accuse Mallette and Embree of kidnapping him Dec. 23 or early Dec. 24, 2011, from Shooters Bar on Charleston Highway. Georges father, Gary Frederick George, reported Christmas night to investigators that he had found his sons Nissan Sentra parked on Beckman Road between Cannaberry Drive and Lena Drive.
Ground and aerial searches turned up nothing.
The sheriffs department still is gathering information in the case, and is asking anyone with knowledge about it to call Crime Stoppers at (803) CRIME-SC (274-6372).