BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – On Sunday investigators found an unidentified body in a remote area of Marlboro County. At this time the body has not been identified, but police believe it may be part of the investigation into the murder of Ella Lowery and the disappearance of her 8-year-old daughter Iyana. It’s believed that Iyana was kidnapped after her mother was found dead in their Bennettsville home on May 5th.
On Saturday police arrested 32-year-old Jejauncey Fernando Harrington who is charged with Murder and Possession of a weapon during a Violent crime. Harrington has also been charged with kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of Iyana.
“This is a major break in this case but there is still much work to do as the investigation is ongoing.” according to Marlboro County Sheriff Charles Lemon. “We are keeping our focus on finding Iyana Lowery and bringing her home to her family. That’s continuing priority for everyone that’s been a part of this investigation.”
Sheriff Lemon said that the $10,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of Iyana Lowery is still available. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Iyana Lowery should call the Marlboro County Sheriff’s office at 843-479-5605 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC
Harrington was booked and is being detained at the Marlboro County Detention Center.
Sheriff Lemon said that the charge of Murder is a felony which carries a penalty upon conviction of death or a minimum of 30 years to life in prison. The charge of possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime carries a penalty upon conviction of five years in addition to the principal crime. The charge of Kidnapping is a felony which carries a penalty upon conviction of up to 30 years in prison.