Woman found dead in Marion Square identified

A woman's body was found in Marion Square Park at about 7 a.m Thursday. Police say the body had no visible trauma there was no evidence of foul play.

The Charleston County Coroner's office has identified a woman found dead this morning in Marion Square in downtown Charleston.

There is nothing suspicious about the death of Anita Tedder, 51, Deputy Coroner Dottie Lindsay said. She said there was no trauma to Tedder's body, but the cause of her death is not clear. Officials are awaiting toxicology results, which could take weeks.

Police responded to the park at about 7 a.m. and found the body of a woman in her early 50s, said Charles Francis, public information officer.

Tedder is originally from North Carolina and had been staying at Crisis Ministries on Meeting Street since about the first of the year, Lindsay said.

James Jameson and a friend were brushing their teeth at a Marion Square drinking fountain this morning when he noticed something that looked like a bag near some trees in the park.

Jameson, who has been homeless since April, said he approached the trees and realized he was staring at the body of a dead woman.

"My nerves are shot," he said.

Several homeless men who gather at the park everyday said they saw Tedder and her husband out at the same spot in the park every day. The couple would usually put down a blanket and eat their lunch, the men said.

Read more in Friday's editions of The Post and Courier.