Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Greenwood County, SC: Woman Found Strangled Under Home; Man Charged

GREENWOOD COUNTY, S.C. -- Greenwood police have made an arrest in the death of a woman whose body was found in a crawlspace under a home.
Police said they were called to the home on Chappel Street on Friday. Officers said they found Jermel Tompkins in the crawlspace. Erica Wideman was also found in the crawlspace, officers said. They said she was unresponsive.
Officers said Tompkins fled while being questioned by officers. He was caught after a short foot-pursuit, police said.
Wideman was transported to Self Regional for treatment. Wideman died on Monday from the injuries had she suffered.
An autopsy Tuesday determined her death was caused by manual strangulation.
Wideman is charged with murder.
Police have not yet said why Wideman and Tompkins were in the crawlspace or what type of call they responded to.

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