Laurens Co. Body Identified As Greenville Co. Missing Mom -

No Bond For Man Accused Of Missing Mom's Murder

Posted: Updated: 8/30/2013 7:21:33 AM
The body of Myranda Southern was found in Laurens Co. with a gunshot wound to the back of the neck. The body of Myranda Southern was found in Laurens Co. with a gunshot wound to the back of the neck.
Darrell Ervin Raines, Jr. was arrested and charged with the murder of Myranda Southern. Darrell Ervin Raines, Jr. was arrested and charged with the murder of Myranda Southern.

August 30, 2013

The man accused of murdering a Greenville County woman received no bond Friday.

Darrell Ervin Raines, Jr., was in court in Laurens County.  He will have a preliminary on October 11.

Raines is charged with the murder of Myranda Southern.  Southern's body was found on Bramlett Church Road August 23.

August 29, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. 

The Laurens County Sheriff's Office has arrested Darrell Ervin Raines, Jr., of Greenville, for the murder of Myranda Southern.

Raines was picked up in Greenville County Thursday night and transported to Laurens County.

He has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Investigators believe Raines and Southern talked online before meeting in person a week before she went missing.

August 29, 2013 at 3 p.m.

The Greenville Co. coroner says Myranda Southern died from a gunshot wound to the back of the neck.

Her death is being treated as a homicide.

Her body was found on Bramlett Church Road August 23.

August 28, 2013

Authorities in Greenville County are asking for your help finding a missing person.

The sheriff's office says Myranda Dale Southern, also known as Myranda Whisenant, 31, of Taylors was reported missing on Monday.

She was last seen around midnight at Charter Communications in Simpsonville where she worked. She was supposed to be heading to Zellwood, Florida to visit family, however she never showed up.

7 On Your Side was contacted by Lauren Searcy Wednesday, in reference to Southern's disappearance. Searcy lived in Taylors right next door to Southern and the two woman became close by being in such close contact.

Searcy told  7 On Your Side she was very upset because Southern was acting very out of character leaving Greenville County before she told friends she was leaving. Searcy said the two would sit out on their porches while their children played.

Searcy said Southern had two children, 8 and 10 years old whom she loved very much.

"We haven't heard from her at all. Monday was her daughters birthday and she is an amazing mother and would have never missed her daughters birthday," said Searcy.

Searcy said Southern let her children go visit her mother for a week before they were to go back to school on Wednesday. Searcy said Southern missed her children very much and decided to head down early on Monday to get them.

Her good friend from work Amber Newbould was supposed to go with her she said. Newbould said Southern never returned her call or text, which is out of the ordinary,  and apparently left without her.

"Today when I didn't hear anything I got worried and I called texted, fackbooked and that's when I found out she was missing," said Newbould.

Searcy said the only contact Southern has made was on facebook but the message she left, Searcy said was not in words she would use.

"Just the way it was worded it was not her. Everyone who knows Myranda knows and the way it was put wasn't the way she talks," said Searcy.

Searcy read a message supposedly posted by Southern which told friends she was staying with a friend and needed some time to sort things out.

Investigators say she may be driving a beige 4-door 2000 Buick LeSabre with South Carolina tag IEP-812.  She was last seen wearing a navy blue long-sleeve shirt and blue jeans.

Searcy said the vehicle had a white Duke tag on the front.

If you have any information, call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Southern's friends have scheduled a vigil for Friday.  It will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Greer City Park.  You can find out more here.

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