Man who had 'panic attack' at scene charged after woman's body found

Published: Aug. 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM EDT
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Marcus Bailey (Source: WIS)
Marcus Bailey (Source: WIS)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland County deputies have charged a man with the murder of a woman whose body was discovered in front of a northeast Columbia home early Thursday morning. 

Marcus Bailey, 27, is charged with the murder of the 26 year-old woman. Deputies say Bailey was at the home at the time the woman was found, and he was taken from the scene after having an apparent panic attack when law enforcement informed him of her death.

He was questioned at the hospital and eventually taken to Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center and charged.

Investigators say Bailey was the woman's boyfriend.

The Richland County Coroner has not yet said how long the woman had been dead.  An autopsy was scheduled for 8 a.m. Friday. Her name has not yet been released.

According to Deputy Curtis Wilson, the woman's body was found around 6:50 a.m. in the 600 block of Heron Glen Rd., which is in the Lake Shore subdivision near Farrow Road.

Wilson pointed out that investigators have determined that the deceased female is not missing teen Gabrielle Swanson.

A neighbor who didn't want to be identified told WIS she found the woman.

"When I was walking up on the body I noticed the person was deceased so I immediately called 911," she said.

The neighbor said it had been a while since she had seen her friend.

"I waved to her, maybe a week ago," she said. "I think I saw her, because I was passing."

A 911 dispatcher asked the caller if she could administer CPR. But she let the dispatcher know she thought it was past that point.

"I could tell she looks like she's been deceased for quite some time," the woman said. "Not from like last night to this morning in my opinion."

Investigators questioned neighbors, who also have questions how this could happen to someone whom they say was military and all around nice woman.

"She carried herself and acted very mature and responsible and a very good neighbor," said neighbor Altroy Bodrick.

"When you talked to her you felt like you've known her for 10 years," said the woman who called 911.

They're hoping the investigation is swift.

"I hope they do and I hope very quickly and whoever is responsible for this crime I hope they pay dearly," she said.

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