Investigators have declared the death of a 94-year-old woman at her Columbia, South Carolina, home this past weekend a homicide. The development comes after evidence, hinting at murder, was discovered during the victim’s autopsy.
Evidence Found At The Victim’s Autopsy
A recently published article in the U.S. News stated that officers investigating Robbie Atkinson’s death at her Columbia home on Saturday found no evidence of foul play. However, later, the autopsy revealed that the woman had been murdered by someone, according to Richland County Coroner Nadia Rutherford. The coroner declined to disclose how Atkinson was killed because she “didn’t want to jeopardize the investigation.”
At a press appearance with Rutherford on Thursday, Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook provided little information. Both agreed that community assistance might be critical in solving the case. According to police, Atkinson lived in a popular area near downtown Columbia and was discovered dead in her house by a relative who phoned 911, News Observer reported.
The 94-Year-Old Woman Was A Respected Person In The Community
“She was a respected educator for many decades in our community, and we’re asking that if you saw anyone near the home or the premises that you reach out,” Rutherford added.
Rutherford also said, “Sometimes people don’t realize that something they saw, no matter how small the detail, is very important. They may have seen someone sitting on the porch who normally isn’t there. Maybe they thought it was odd, but they didn’t know a homicide had taken place,” according to a published article in WYFF.
Furthermore, no arrest was made concerning the alleged homicide of the woman. Authorities continue to search for the suspect of the heinous crime.