Officials say Kershaw county teen asphyxiated

Briana Rabon

ELGIN, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- Officials say a Kershaw County teen whose body was found in some woods this week has been asphyxiated.

Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers said he is trying to determine exactly how 18-year-old Briana Nicole Rabon was killed.

Sheriff Jim Matthews said a male who was with Rabon on Tuesday evening is not considered a person of interest in her death.

Some children playing on a dirt road near Elgin found the girl's body Wednesday afternoon.

The sheriff said a missing persons report was filed on the teen as investigators were at the location where her body was found. The teen's car was found at a restaurant at US 601 and Interstate 20.

Officials say they are not sure where she was killed.

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office was notified that Briana's body was found in Haigâ??s Creek Subdivision near Elgin, SC. Several teenagers had come across her body on a dirt road adjacent to some power lines next to a wooded area.

KCSD investigators contacted the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and requested assistance from their Crime Scene Division. A driver's license found indicated that the victim was Briana.

Rabon's mother contacted the KSCO to file a missing persons report on her daughter. The mother contacted the sheriff's office with a description of Briana's car, which was located at the Waffle House on US 601 and I-20.

It was taken to the Kershaw County Sheriffâ??s Office where SLED forensic agents later processed it for evidence. While SLED was processing the scene, 6 KCSO investigators began running down leads.

Briana graduated from Lugoff-Elgin High School in 2013.

"The Lugoff-Elgin High School family is saddened to learn of the tragic death of one of our former students. Our sincere condolences are extended to Briana's family during this time of grief. We will continue to remember them in our thoughts and prayers,"said Lugoff-Elgin High Principal Tommy Gladden.