Coroner identifies body found off I-26; man charged with carjacking, murder
Tyler A. Brown-Kelly of Boyd Brown Road has been charged with murder in the death of a woman whose body was found on an Interstate 26 ramp at Jedburg Road, said Dan Moon, spokesman for the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.
Coroner Bill Salisbury identified the woman as Luh Endang Susiani, 31, of Indonesia.
An autopsy showed she died of a gunshot wound to the head, he said.
Tyler A. Brown-Kelly, 28, of Boyd Brown Road in St. George is charged with murder. A bond hearing is set for 8 a.m. Monday.
Brown-Kelly, a 28-year-old St. George man, is accused of holding up a couple at gunpoint late Friday night, taking their car, forcing the woman to ride with him and then killing her and dumping her body off Interstate 26.
North Charleston police have also charged him with kidnapping, carjacking, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and attempted armed robbery, said police spokesman Spencer Pryor.
Shortly before midnight, North Charleston officers were dispatched to 5633-G Dorchester Road for a reported carjacking, Pryor said.
A man told police that an unknown black man, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall with a slim build, had approached him and a female friend in the parking lot, with a gun and demanding their car.
The gunman forced the woman to get in the car and then drove off.
Police broadcast a description of the stolen car, a Toyota Camry, and the woman who had been abducted. They later got word that a woman’s body had been found off an entrance ramp at I-26 and Road 16, also known as Jedburg Road, in Berkeley County.
A short time later, St. George Police Department officers observed the stolen Camry in St. George, but they lost sight of it. Deputies from the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office later found the Camry at a night club on McKeen Street, where a black man was seen running from the car.
Deputies and police closed in, and a man was arrested in the area of Hudson Road in St. George, Pryor said.
Brown-Kelly was booked by North Charleston police before being transferred to the Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Moncks Corner, Pryor said.
The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the killing, Pryor said.
A news release from Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury stated the woman’s body was found at 2:55 a.m.
An autopsy was scheduled for this afternoon to determine the cause of death, Salisbury said. The woman’s identity has not been released pending notification of her family.