Arrest made in Briana Rabon killing

02/27/2014 11:20 AM

02/28/2014 10:51 PM

Update: A Lugoff man has been charged with murder of 18-year-old Briana Rabon of Kershaw County.

Stephen Ross Kelly, 21, of Lugoff was arrested Friday, according to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

Original story: Authorities are asking the community to stop speculating and spreading rumors in the homicide investigation of 18-year-old Briana Rabon.

The plea to stop spreading rumors came from the Lugoff Elgin High School Twitter account around noon Friday.

The tweet said “local authorities asked we try to stop rumors re Briana Rabon’s case. At this point, no arrest has been made. Rumors could impede progress.”

Rabon is the Lugoff-Elgin High School graduate who was found dead on a dirt road in Elgin Wednesday. Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers said Friday Rabon died as a result of strangulation.

A funeral service for Rabon will be held Sunday at Sawney’s Creek Baptist Church in Ridgeway. The Powers Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The Tilted Kilt in Columbia where Rabon served as a hostess also tweeted about her Friday afternoon.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said a male who was with Rabon on Tuesday evening is not considered a person of interest.

Children playing on a dirt road, running along electrical lines near Elgin, discovered the body Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators said the body of a young woman was located off White Pond Road near the upscale Haig’s Creek subdivision in Elgin. Rabon’s driver’s license was found at the scene.

And, as authorities were investigating the scene, a missing person report was filed on the young woman, Matthews said.

Although a lot of evidence has been collected by SLED forensics investigators where the body was found, it’s not clear where the woman was killed.

Investigators located her car parked at a Waffle House on S.C. 601 at Interstate 20.

Anyone with information should call the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 425-1512 and ask for Lt. Steve Knafelc.

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