Columbia police are treating the death of a woman whose body was found today inside a one-story brick house in the Shandon neighborhood as a homicide.
“There were signs of a struggle,” police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said the woman appeared to be in her 30s. The house is in the 3700 block of Monroe Street, about 30 yards from Kilbourne Road.
Official information released this afternoon was sketchy.
Watts said the woman’s identity would not be released until Monday at the earliest. He said he would not comment on the manner of death until after the autopsy Monday.
Timmons said police had gotten a tip late Sunday morning that something had happened at the house.
When police arrived, they found the body.
Timmons said the investigation was in its early stages and she hoped to have more information later today.
Police Chief Randy Scott indicated late Sunday night the case may be solved sooner rather than later.
“We believe the killing was not random, and investigators are pursuing active leads at this time,” Scott said.
At twilight Sunday, a police-approved wrecker towed a silver Volvo 840 sedan from behind the slain woman’s house. The sedan had S.C. tags with an apple, meaning the owner supported public education, but it was not clear if the car belonged to the woman found in the house.