If you have any information about these crimes or any person(s) involved, you are urged to submit a Web Tip by clicking on the Submit a Tip button beside each case, submit a tip using the P3 Tips app or call Midlands Crimestoppers.  
 
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2012 Unsolved Hit & Run - CASH REWARD
September 16, 2021

STATUS: OPEN

Midlands Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 cash reward for any tip leading to an arrest. Additionally, the family is offering a $25,000 cash reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Columbia Police are marking the ninth anniversary of a hit and run incident that injured a cardiac care nurse.

According to original incident reports, around 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2012, Lindsay Bires, then 24, was taking a work break and standing on the sidewalk along Medical Park Drive when a white compact car ran off the side of the road twice before striking Bires, causing life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses say the car did not stop or help. 

Because of the location of the incident, medical personnel were able to render aid to Bires almost immediately. Bires was hospitalized in critical condition.

News 19 caught up with Bires Thursday via Zoom as she continues to recover at home in Massachusetts.

"I kind of have just given up and accepted that it's never going to be solved," said Bires, who interviewed in between nursing classes.

She's in nursing school in Boston, nine years after a hit and run that nearly took her life.

"There's someone who does know something."

Among her injuries were a smashed pelvis, a broken arm and fractured vertebrae. Her hip underwent 10 operations.

But the biggest impact to this day, she says, is to her memory. A traumatic brain injury from that day resulted in her being in a comatose state for three months.

"All my long-term memory got erased from my accident. All of it got erased. I don't remember anything from before my accident," Bires explained. "My roommate during my freshman year of college, she passed away our sophomore year in the Ocean Isle fire. I don't remember even meeting her. I can't ever get that back because she's gone."

Investigators hope that someone will remember the incident or can help identify the driver of the white compact car. The car may have had repairs made soon after the Sept. 16 accident. 

"I think I deserve to know who ruined my life, who ended my old life," said Bires.

Since the incident, Bires has found comfort in being with family. In March, she also adopted a Goldendoodle therapy dog named Brady, who also brings her happiness.

"He loves me a lot. He's so loveable. All he wants to do is cuddle and play. He's my best friend and I love him," said Bires, who clarified that Brady is named in honor of New England Patriot quarterback, Tom Brady.

Hoping to generate tips, Lamar Advertising has donated billboards around the City of Columbia. They are located on Devine Street at Gills Creek Parkway, Farrow Road at Hardscrabble Road and Huger Street.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or submit a tip to midlandscrimestoppers.com any tip that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case could be eligible for a $25,000 reward to be paid out by a private party.


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Theft - 1441 Boston Ave, Cayce, SC
September 15, 2021

STATUS: OPEN
The Bureau of Protective Services and Midlands Crimestoppers are requesting assistance from the public to provide any information that may assist with identifying the suspect(s) involved in stealing a green ATV and a Kubota RTV500 tractor. The items were stolen from the Surplus Center located at 1441 Boston Ave in Cayce between the early evening hours of September 15, 2021 and the early morning hours of September 16, 2021. Video surveillance from Fulmer Middle School captured what appears to be a dark in color 2002-2006 GMC Yukon Denali with black rims hauling a small trailer. The vehicle travels up Greenwood Dr. around 8:40 PM with an empty trailer and back down the same road around 8:50 PM with the ATV on the trailer. There were several people exiting the middle school parking lot during the same time that may remember seeing this vehicle pulling the trailer and ATV. Video surveillance has not yet been obtained showing the theft of the tractor.

Anyone with information about this crime and the identity of the suspect(s) is asked to contact the Bureau of Protective Services, Investigator Hess at 803-237-4483 or submit a tip to Midlands Crimestoppers to remain anonymous and be considered for a cash reward.

Cayce ATV Thieves Sought
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Murder - Furse Rd, Summerton, SC
September 06, 2021

STATUS: OPEN

On September 6, 2021, at approximately 12:15 am, officers with The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office and the Summerton Police Department responded to 1265 Furse Road after receiving a complaint of hearing gunshots fired in the area.  

Upon arrival, a black male was found lying in the driveway and appeared to have been shot multiple times. 

 The Clarendon County Fire Rescue first responders attempted to revive the victim but were unsuccessful.

The victim was identified as 43-year-old Kelvin Brunson of the Summerton area.

SLED Crime Scene Unit was called in to assist Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office with the processing of the scene.   This is an ongoing investigation.  Investigators believe this to be a targeted incident.  

If you have any information regarding this incident, you are asked to notify the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division (803-435-4414) or contact Midlands Crimestoppers and remain anonymous.



Theft from Motor Vehicles
February 28, 2021

STATUS: OPEN

The University of South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement & Safety and Midlands Crimestoppers need your help identifying three suspects involved in over twenty incidents of vehicle tampering and thefts from vehicles located in the Greek Village area at 800 Blossom St., Columbia, SC. The incidents occurred during the early morning hours of February 28, 2021.

One of the suspects is a white male, slim build, approximately 6 feet tall wearing a white ball cap, a dark mask, dark long sleeved shirt and pants. The second suspect is a white female, with long brown hair wearing a white shirt and dark coat. The third suspect is a white male with no further description. The male suspects were captured on video surveillance pulling on door handles and removing various items from numerous vehicles. They then placed the stolen items into their vehicle which is believed to be a white 2004-08 Ford F-150 pickup truck with a toolbox, a black bull bar on the front bumper, with white mirrors and pillar trim. The female suspect was later captured on video surveillance at the 711 on 12th Street in West Columbia, SC using a credit card stolen from one of the vehicles.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers. Anonymity is always guaranteed.

A cash reward up to a $1,000 is being offered for any tip that leads to an arrest.

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Triple Murder - Dibble/Rail St, Bowman, SC
January 14, 2021

STATUS: OPEN
The S.C. Law Enforcement Division and Midlands Crimestoppers need your help solving a triple murder that occurred on May 26, 2020. The shooting took place amid a social gathering during the Memorial Day weekend near the intersection of Dibble Street and Rail Street in Bowman, SC. Austin Lee Benjamin, 17 years old, Altonio Jaquan Smith, 19 years old, and Malik Kevon Glover, 24 years old, were all killed during the shooting. Several other victims were also injured during the incident.

It is believed that people in the community have information about this incident, but are hesitant to come forward due to fear of reprisal. Law enforcement strongly encourages anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers to ensure their identity is protected. Anonymity is always guaranteed for those who contact Crime Stoppers.

Anyone with information about these murders, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is encouraged to contact Midlands Crimestoppers. A cash reward up to a $1,000 is being offered for any tip that leads to an arrest.
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Murder - Corley Ave, Barnwell, SC
October 22, 2020

STATUS: OPEN

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division, Barnwell Police Department, and Midlands Crimestoppers need your help solving the murder of Isiah Lynwood Thomas. The victim’s body was discovered on his birthday April 13, 2020 in the wood line off Corley Avenue in Barnwell, SC. Thomas was shot multiple times and believed to have been killed on April 10, 2020 three days prior to his 21st birthday. The motive for the murder is currently unknown.

The family of Thomas filed a missing person report on April 12, 2020 after being unable to reach him. Three days prior, a family member dropped Thomas off on Corley Avenue to meet an acquaintance. The victim’s girlfriend and mother of his three children last spoke with him via telephone during the early morning hours of April 10, 2020.

Anyone with information about this murder, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is encouraged to contact Midlands Crimestoppers. Anonymity is always guaranteed. A cash reward up to a $1,000 is being offered for any tip that leads to an arrest.


Officials Seek Information in Murder of Barnwell Man
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Murder - Brown Chapel Cir, Newberry, SC
January 18, 2020

STATUS: OPEN
The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and Midlands Crimestoppers need your help solving the homicide of 35 year old, black male, Michael McKinsey Mathis who was shot and killed on January 18, 2020. The incident occurred while he was visiting his friends on Brown Chapel Circle located in the Helena Community of Newberry County. Anyone with information or knowledge of this homicide is asked to contact Midlands Crimestoppers. You can provide information anonymously. A CASH REWARD of up to $1,000 is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest in this case.
Brown Chapel Rd Shooting Victim Identified
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Murder - Hartford Community Center, Newberry, SC
October 27, 2019

STATUS: OPEN
The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and Midlands Crimestoppers need your help solving the homicide of 38 year old, black male, Jared Darnell Singley. He was shot and killed outside the Hartford Community Center located at 6771 SC Hwy 395 in Newberry County. The shooting occurred as a Halloween birthday party was ending during the early morning hours of October 27, 2019. Anyone with information or knowledge of this homicide is asked to contact Midlands
Crimestoppers. You can provide information anonymously. A CASH REWARD of up to $1,000 is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest in this case.
Fight In Newberry Leaves One Dead
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Double Murder - Batesburg-Leesville, SC
October 14, 2019

STATUS: OPEN
By Laurel Mallory | October 14, 2019 at 1:02 PM EDT - Updated October 14 at 5:51 PM

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C. (WIS) - Two men died in a shooting Friday night in Batesburg-Leesville, police confirmed.

It happened around 9:15 p.m. at a home. Police did not share the part of town in which the shooting happened.

When officers arrived, they found two men with gunshot wounds.

Richard DeQuincy Broadwater, 26, and Daniel Nathanial Robinson, 33, died at the scene, the coroner’s office confirmed.

The coroner report states both men died from multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

No arrests have been made.


Men Killed in Double Homicide Batesburg-Leesville Identified

Murder - Hook Rd, Winnsboro, SC
September 24, 2019

STATUS: OPEN
The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about the death of Thelma Alejandra Villegas Rios. The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office located the body of Ms. Villegas Rios, a 21 year old Hispanic female, on the morning of Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at approximately 8:40 A.M. Ms. Villegas Rios was reported missing by her family the following day to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on the morning of Thursday July 25, 2019. Her body was located off of Hook Road in Winnsboro, S. C. near the intersection of Interstate 77 and SC Hwy 200 (Exit 48) and has been ruled a Homicide. The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this homicide in conjunction with Charlotte Mecklenburg-Police Department. If you have any information about this incident you are urged to contact the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 635-4141 or to remain anonymous please contact Midlands Crimestoppers.
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