Woman found dead along Hwy 200

WINNSBORO – The body of a woman who appeared to have been stabbed was discovered along Highway 200 at about 8:40 on the morning of Wednesday, July 24, according to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department.

Thelma Alejandra Villegas Rios, 21, of Charlotte, was reportedly found face down in a ditch next to Highway 200 in the area of Hook Road.  The body was discovered by a person mowing along the highway. A K-9 unit was brought to the scene and the surrounding area was searched, the report stated.

The woman appeared to have been stabbed by a knife or sharp object in the right upper chest area. She also had a laceration to her right knee, according to officials.

The victim was positively identified as the person who had recently been reported missing in the Charlotte area.

The incident is being investigated by The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department, the Charlotte Mecklenberg Police Department and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department is asking that anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 803-635-4141.