Police, deputies investigating woman’s death at Wellford business

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WELLFORD, SC (WSPA) – Authorities are investigating a woman’s death at a business on Highway 29 in Wellford. 

The coroner said a Roebuck woman died at the scene on Sunday evening and her death is considered suspicious. 

The victim is identified as 35-year-old Tanya Michelle Richards. 

Details surrounding her death and the cause have not been released at this time. 

Wellford Police Department and the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office are investigating Richards’ death. 

Wellford Police Chief David Green confirms police and sheriff’s deputies have arrested Derrick Burnside, 45, of Spartanburg in connection to her death. 

Chief Green said Burnside was arrested Sunday night – hours after the victim’s body was found.

Chief Green said it’s believed the killing was domestic related. He said the victim and Burnside had lived together several years and had a child in common.

This is a developing story. 

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