Woman found dead in her home over weekend
Natalie Netzel Staff Writer
NEWBERRY — A 66-year-old Newberry County woman was found dead in her home over the weekend after a friend became concerned when attempts to reach her by telephone were unsuccessful.
Andrenna Butler, of 15804 U.S. 176, was found lying in the floor of her home around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office. The cause of death had not been determined Monday afternoon.
“We are doing forensics and awaiting autopsy results,” Sheriff Lee Foster said. The sheriff said they did not have any leads in the case.
Both the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and the Newberry County Coroner’s Office said the death was suspicious. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is helping with the investigation.
Foster said Butler, who was retired, lived alone after having been recently estranged this year from her husband of 50 years.
Foster said there were no signs of forced entry, no signs of theft and the alarm system had not been activated.
The friend who found Butler was concerned after making repeated attempts to contact her by phone. Butler’s friend had last spoken to her around noon Friday.
When the friend arrived through a secure garage door and entered the garage, the friend saw Butler through the glass of an interior door. The friend checked Butler and called 911, according to the sheriff’s office.
Authorities are asking that anyone who has information about the case or who saw anything between noon Dec. 20 and 10:30 p.m. Dec 21 to call the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at 803-321-2222 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CrimeSC or go to the website at www.midlandscrimestoppers.com.
This makes the second murder for the year in Newberry County. The first one occurred in April in Whitmire.
In that case, 22-year-old Douglas Eugene Inman of Whitmire was charged with murder in connection with the death of a Whitmire woman with whom he had a child. He was arrested April 15.
Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton said the autopsy revealed 17-year-old Allyson Taylor Greenway died from asphyxiation due to smothering. Inman and the victim has a tumultuous on-again, off-again relationship, according to the sheriff’s office. They had a child in common but did not live together.
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