Coroner identifies woman found dead, covered in trash in Richland County
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WACH) --- Richland County Corner Gary Watts has identified the woman found covered with trash in a wooded area on the 6600 block of Two Notch Road Wednesday.
Leona Monique Pack, 44, of Columbia was found by a maintenance worker at about 10 a.m.
The Richland County Sheriff's Department are investigating the small mobile community in which she was found.
Major Stephany Snowden with the department said they got a call from the maintenance worker about a woman's body found covered in debris near a dumpster.
"This is someone's loved one it is not just a body,” Snowden said. “It's someone who was walking, living, breathing and has family that cares about them."
Authorities said the body was decomposed beyond recognition. Initially they were unable to identify the woman’s age or race.
Lakeisha Green lives in the community where the body was found and she said the area is known for high crime and nightly shootings. "I am devastated,” Green said. "Every night, every day it's shootings, and I don't care if it's just in the air it's still shooting."
Bennie Backmon is the manager at Go Used Tires, just feet from where the body was found. He said it's no surprise that something like this happened behind his shop. "We had an unusual smell for about two or three days, and we thought it was just the sewage backup,” Backmon said. “But unexpectedly it was something different."
An autopsy indicated that Pack died from homicidal violence.
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