BENNETTSVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A body found Sunday morning in a remote area near McColl has been identified as a missing 8-year-old girl, authorities have confirmed.
The body of Iyana Lowery was identified through DNA records, Marlboro County Sheriff Charles Lemon said.
"An autopsy conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston today is providing additional information for the ongoing investigation," Lemon said. "The coroner has ruled the manner of Iyana's death is homicide."
Lemon said additional charges of murder and armed robbery have been filed against Jejauncey Fernando Harrington, 32, of Bennettsville, who remains in custody at the Marlboro County Detention Center.
Harrington was previously charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in connection with the May 5 stabbing death of Iyana Lowery's mother, Ella. He was also initially charged with kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in connection with the child's disappearance.
Ella Lowery's body was discovered on May 5, deputies say. The child was last seen at her home in Bennettsville on May 4, according to Marlboro County deputies.
On Friday, authorities dropped charges against another man had initially been arrested after the child's mother had been found. Deputies then announced on Saturday that Harrington had been charged.
The story brought together the Bennettsville community, leading some to work together to spread the word of the child's disappearance hoping someone would bring find her. One woman who lives just outside Bennettsville made "Marlboro Strong" decals to help get the message out.
A $10,000 reward had been offered for information that led to the child's recovery.