ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A woman was found dead in Anderson County Tuesday morning.
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded around 11:30 a.m. to a home on Cumming Springs Road in Starr and found a woman dead.
The Anderson County Coroner’s Office identified the woman as Billie Jean Cross, 58, of Laurens.
The coroner’s office said Cross appeared to have been dead for several days and was previously reported missing from Laurens County.
The coroner’s office said Cross was found in a wooden area.
Henry Holley said he found the woman’s body, while with his nephew.
“Tonight, is going to be rough,” Holley said. “That’s one reason I wanted to come down here. I just came down here to get away,” Holley said. “It upset me. It upsets me more now than it did then, it sinks in. See I live about a thousand feet from there.”
Holley was with his nephew getting measurements at a house surrounding land he’s preparing to buy.
“Well what we went out there for, is that I’m closing out on the land tomorrow. Buying it at 11:00 tomorrow morning, and we went up there to measure the house, the square footage because I wanted to get insurance on it tomorrow,” Holley said. “And we measured it off, and wrote it down and we walked over to kind of like an old two car garage made out of wood, it’s old kind of dilapidated in a way, and we were coming out and I looked over and saw a reddish, pinkish comforter, and I could tell that something was in it, I just figured it was trash,” Holley said. “So I just walked over there and reached down to see what was in it, and I saw a foot and a leg, like that.”
Holley said he then told his nephew to call 911.
“And then I looked at it more carefully, and I saw bruises on it, and I said, “that’s a real leg.” And I told him to call 911,” Holley said.
Holley said he used to own a store nearby. Holley’s nephew also runs a produce stand close by. Holley said the property where the woman was found, will soon be turned into the new produce stand.
“Well I’ve been having it under contract for about two months, and it’s been for sale for years,” Holley said. “It’s an empty house, been empty for 15 to 20 years, something like that,” Holley said.
Holley said he plans to close on the new property on Wednesday, but is feeling for the victim’s family.
“I feel for them. I know they’re having a hard time, because I am too, as far as just finding her,” Holley said.
The death is being ruled as a homicide, according to the coroner’s office. Holley said he hopes answers are found soon.
“I hope they catch them and punish them,” Holley said.
An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning.
This investigation is ongoing by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and the Anderson County Coroner’s Office. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information, to call their office at 864-260-4405.