Arrest made in murder of Katheryn Keener

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - An arrest has been made in the murder of Katheryn Keener, according to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office. Officials said 21-year-old Jessie Murphy, Jr. was officially charged Thursday morning with Keener's death.

49-year-old Keener was reported missing from her West Ashley home on August 4. Two days later, authorities found her SUV on fire on Bear's Swamp Road.  Keener's body was found floating in the swamp near the SUV.

An autopsy revealed she had been shot to death.

According to an affidavit released by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Keener was killed by a single gunshot wound to the right side of the head.

Dive teams searched the swamp for the murder weapon but came up empty-handed.

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