UPDATE (04/05/22) – A woman’s body was found in an abandoned home Monday evening in Travelers Rest.

Travelers Rest Police said the body was discovered when the homeowner sent people to get items from the home.

The Greenville County Coroner’s Office said they were notified just after 5:30 p.m. about the body at the home on Cooper Street.

The coroner’s office has identified the victim as Christina Michelle Duncan, 48, of Simpsonville. Her death appeared to be not recent and there were no obvious signs of trauma indicative of the cause of death.

Duncan’s death is being investigated as suspicious, officials said.

This investigation is ongoing.


TRAVELERS REST, SC (WSPA) – A body was found in an abandoned home Monday evening in Travelers Rest.

The Greenville County Coroner’s Office said they were notified just after 5:30pm about the body at a home on Cooper Street.

“We are calling this a non-recent death. Until we get it to autopsy in the morning, and hopefully we can narrow it down to a closer time on time of death. After a forensic autopsy is performed in the morning, hopefully we’ll know cause and manner of death, if not–then we may have to wait on toxicology, microscopic slides, things like that,” said Mike Ellis, Greenville County Chief Deputy Coroner.

The coroner said they are treating the death as suspicious at this time.

“It is an abandoned house. I have talked with the owners of the house who said nobody was not supposed to be in there, and I can go on record and say it is a Caucasian female. I’d say within the early 40’s, mid 50’s something like that. Hopefully we’ll know more on an identification as quickly as possible,” Ellis said.

“We’re treating it as a suspicious death now, because she’s found in a vacant house for one reason. No reason for her to be in the vacant house. Don’t appear that, that has any significant external trauma. Very easily could found internal trauma and you start working it as a suspicious and work down, if you don’t you may miss something.” Ellis said.

Travelers Rest Police said the body was discovered when the homeowner sent people to get items from the home.

Kevin Smith lives right next door to the property, and said there hasn’t been any activity there for awhile.

“Heard nothing. Nobody has been on that property in several several weeks and I have seen no activity in and out of that place whatsoever,” Smith said.

“I was shocked. Honestly I was shocked. This is a peaceful quiet street,” Smith said. “When something like this happens, it’s a cultural shock on this area,” he said.

“We had heard that people may had been staying here and may have been evicted in the past few months, but we’re unsure at this time why this person was here,” said Chief Benjamin Ford, Travelers Rest Police Department.

Chief Ford said there’s no threat to the public.

“There’s no threat to the community. This is an isolated incident, if it is some type of crime. Right now, we are treating it as a suspicious death. We do not know if a crime has been committed yet,” Chief Ford said.

Smith said this does still leave him with some concerns.

“It does concern me because you want to live in a safe neighborhood,” Smith said.

“If anybody knows who has been staying at this residence or has any contact with individuals that had been staying here, please reach out to us,” Chief Ford said.

You can contact the Travelers Rest non-emergency number at (864) 834-9029.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.