Spray-painted car leads to arrest in boat ramp killing

EASLEY, S.C. — A man who killed a woman at an Upstate boat ramp was arrested by deputies after he returned to his apartment while they were examining the victim’s stolen car, Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark said.

Kasey Waldrop, 22, is charged with murder, grand larceny, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, Clark said at a news conference Tuesday.

Waldrop was friends with Farah Khan, who found dead Sunday morning from a single gunshot wound to the head at the end of a boat ramp in Easley on Sunday morning, the sheriff said.

But Clark said he doesn’t know what led Waldrop to kill the 35-year-old mother of four.

“We are trying to find the nexus between them — other than being friends,” Clark said.

Detectives got help from a couple of modern investigative techniques. A portable fingerprint scanner allowed them to identify Khan immediately, giving them a jump of several hours on the investigation. Cellphone information helped them link the killing to Waldrop, Clark said

Khan’s car — with a hasty spray paint job to make it look gray instead of black — was found at Waldrop’s apartment in Greenville on Monday night. While detectives were examining it, friends dropped Waldrop off. He ran after seeing officer, but was arrested after a short chase, the sheriff said.

A gun that fires the kind of bullet used to kill Khan was found in the car that dropped Waldrop off, Clark said.

Waldrop is being held in jail awaiting a bond hearing. It wasn’t known if he had a lawyer.