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Columbia police searching for clues in death of 94-year-old woman found in her home


Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford and Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook speak Sept. 23, 2021 about a homicide investigation involving a 94-year-old woman. Adam Benson/Staff 

COLUMBIA — Columbia police and the Richland County Coroner's Office are asking for help as they investigate the death of a 94-year-old woman that authorities are calling a homicide.

The victim was identified as Robbie F. Atkinson, who was found dead inside her home Sept. 18 in the 1700 block of Calhoun Street, across from the BullStreet District. There were no signs of forced entry. 

Authorities provided few other details.

"We have a lot of work to do," Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said Sept. 23. 

Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford did not disclose a cause of death pending the ongoing investigation except to say it was a homicide.

She described Atkinson as a "respected educator for many decades in our community," but further information was not immediately available.

"The area near this address is well-traveled area by foot and by car and we're just asking if you know anything, to please reach out," Rutherford said. 

Anybody with information is asked to call (803) 576-1799. 

This is a developing story and will be updated. 

Follow Adam Benson on Twitter @AdamNewshound12.

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