The 19-year-old daughter of a S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agent was strangled to death on Saturday night in Laurens, S.C., unleashing a multi-jurisdictional probe into the circumstances surrounding her untimely passing.
Emily-Anna Asbill of Clinton, S.C. was found by local law enforcement officers shortly after 11:00 p.m. EDT Saturday.
“She was in the car with two men, two young men and one of them lived at that residence they went to,” a city official told WYFF TV 4 (NBC – Greenville-Spartanburg). “That’s where his dad lived. He went there for help, so it was his dad that made the call.”
Asbill was transported to a nearby hospital but it was too late – she was pronounced dead of asphyxiation due to strangulation.
Police have arrested 29-year-old Michael Vernon Beaty Jr. – also of Clinton, S.C. – and charged him with Asbill’s murder. According to The Clinton Chronicle, Beaty was Asbill’s “off and on” boyfriend. Police also arrested another man in connection with Asbill’s death – charging him with accessory to murder after the fact.