Missing SC Woman Found Dead, Pair Charged in Her Death

The suspects were both taken into custody Friday.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A man and woman are now facing charges in connection to the death of a Lexington woman who was reported missing last month.

Lee Anthony Corley, 37, is charged with murder in the killing of Alena Kennedy. The death happened in his home sometime between April 18 and 21, according to a warrant.

Harriet Leigh Coleman, also 37, is charged with accessory to murder and desecrating human remains, according to arrest warrants.

Both were arrested Friday. 

Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said Kennedy was last seen at Corley’s home in South Congaree on April 18. Her remains were found June 16 on Old Two Notch Road.

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher and forensic experts with the Richland County Coroner’s Office identified Kennedy’s remains through dental record comparison.

"This isn’t the resolution we were hoping for when Alena’s family reported her missing," Koon said in a statement. "We’ve worked hard to get them answers."

Koon said they're still working on the investigation, and are looking for more information. Anyone with tips on this case should call Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC. Information can also be shared by texting "TIPSC" and the tip to CRIMES (274637). Tipsters don’t have to share their name and they could become eligible for a cash reward.

 

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