Investigators send evidence to SLED in Folly Beach beating

Updated: Aug. 4, 2015 at 4:06 PM EDT
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FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Folly Beach police say they have sent crime scene evidence from a July 18 assault to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

SLED agents will test the evidence for DNA investigators hope will lead them to those responsible for the beating, according to Folly Beach Public Safety Director Andrew Gilreath.

Authorities have said they were looking for two suspects in the incident which left a woman with severe injuries. Police say two men fought the victim's boyfriend and another men. The incident happened at approximately 2 a.m. in the area of East Arctic Avenue.

Investigators believe Michelle Runde may have been trying to break up the fight when she was thrown to the pavement. Runde said it all started when a man made advances toward her.

"They told me I was punched in the face, then picked up and my face was slammed onto the ground," Runde said in an interview.

She said she wound up in intensive care at MUSC, having suffered a concussion and memory loss.

One man was originally arrested in connection with the brawl after being picked out of a photo lineup, but investigators ruled him out as a suspect.

Gilreath said his agency believes there are witnesses who have information, but said they are frustrated no one has come forward. His agency has pleaded for anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have recorded it on their cell phone to come forward.

Anyone who may be able to help investigators should contact the Folly Beach Department of Public Safety at (843) 588-7003 or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

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