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Upstate teen taken into custody after death of mother

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office began conducting a death investigation Tuesday morning at 208 Hipps Ave. in Simpsonville.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office began conducting a death investigation Tuesday morning at 208 Hipps Ave. in Simpsonville. Greenville News

A 13-year-old Simpsonville boy was taken into custody Tuesday in connection with the death of his mother, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said.

The teen was forwarded to Family Court, Master Deputy Jonathan Smith said. Authorities are not releasing the boy’s name because of his age.

Isabel Cristina Zuluaga, 44, of 208 Hipps Ave., was discovered dead about 9 a.m. Tuesday at her home in Simpsonville, the Coroner’s Office said. The circumstances surrounding her death are unclear, although the Coroner’s Office said the case is being investigated as a homicide.

The Sheriff’s Office is not seeking any suspects and there is no threat to the community, Smith said.

A contractor found Zuluaga’s body Tuesday morning and called 911, Smith said. Zuluaga had multiple injuries, the Coroner’s Office said.

The cause and manner of death are pending an autopsy Wednesday, Coroner Parks Evans said.

The death investigation caused a modified lockdown at Bryson Middle School, authorities said. The 13-year-old boy was unaccounted for and did not show up to school Tuesday morning, authorities said.

More than 15 law enforcement vehicles were at the scene and a Sheriff’s Office helicopter was also involved in the search.

Deputies found the 13-year-old shortly before noon walking on Woodruff Road in Greenville County near the Spartanburg County line, Smith said.

The school remained on modified lockdown until its regular dismissal time and students were dismissed normally, a Greenville County school official said. In a modified lockdown, students remain in the building but are able to change classes.

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