New sheriff makes Ariel Morgan murder top priority, urges witnesses to come forward

New sheriff makes Ariel Morgan murder top priority, urges witnesses to come forward
Ariel Morgan (Photo Source: Facebook)
Ariel Morgan (Photo Source: Facebook)

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County's new sheriff says he's making the unsolved Ariel Morgan case a top priority.

Nineteen-year old Morgan was shot and killed at a party on Tish Lane near Moncks Corner in June, 2014. Investigators say she was an innocent bystander who was struck by a stray bullet.

"Ariel Morgan was a bright, bright girl that had a real future ahead of her," Sheriff Duane Lewis said.

The sheriff says he is surprised no one has come forward with information about the murder even though more than 800 people were at the party.

"Having that many people witness this type of violent crime and not coming forward is just puzzling to me," Lewis said. "In my 30 years of law enforcement that many witnesses to a crime is puzzling."

Morgan's mother thinks about her daughter every day, hoping an arrest will be made.

"I have my good days and I have my bad days, and power of prayer has helped me out a lot," Kendra Morgan-Stevens said.

Lewis says his investigators and agents from the State Law Enforcement Division have gone back to square one.

"They have gone back and done some interviews," Lewis said. "We've done some forensic work with some of the shell casings, different things at the scene that were located."

But he believes it's going to take someone who was at the party to come forward with names of possible suspects in Morgan's murder.

"You know who you are, you saw what happened, just come forward and let's give the family some closure," Lewis said.

Crime Stoppers has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Lewis says private donors have offered an additional $2,000.

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