Suspicious death in North Augusta investigated as homicide

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WJBF) - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspicious death on the 400 Block of Fir Street in North Augusta.

Investigators say around 5:00 pm, a mother found her daughter unresponsive and with serious injuries and called 911.

The victim was pronounced dead a short time later. She has been identified as 20-year-old Melissa Clary.

The Aiken County Coroner has concluded that her death was the result of blunt force trauma and strangulation.

Her death has been ruled a homicide.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office and Coroner's Office are investigating. 

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