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Neighboring business owners shocked after woman found dead at Socastee laundromat

Horry County law enforcement investigated after a 65-year-old woman was found dead Friday morning at a Socastee laundromat. (Source: WMBF News) Horry County law enforcement investigated after a 65-year-old woman was found dead Friday morning at a Socastee laundromat. (Source: WMBF News)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A suspect has been arrested in connection with the death of a 65-year-old woman, whose body was found at a Socastee laundromat.

Scott Hixson, with the Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office, confirmed that Jon Paul Joseph Marston was booked Friday afternoon on a murder charge. 

According to Capt. Jason Freer with the Horry County Police Department, Marston was also charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. 

Records from the Horry County Sheriff's Office's website showed that Marston was previously arrested this year for breach of trust with fraudulent intent.

The victim was identified by Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler as Wanda Wohnig of the Myrtle Beach area. An autopsy revealed that the victim died of stab wounds that caused massive hemorrhaging, he added.  

According to Freer, officers responded to the Maytag Laundromat at 4505 Socastee Blvd., at 8 a.m., on Friday, where the victim's body was discovered.

The reportedly stolen van in connection with the case was found, but there's no word if it belonged to the victim. 

Neighboring business owners said the parking lot of Socastee Plaza was chaotic as they got to work.

"I came in this morning and I tried to get into the parking lot and there was no way getting in," said Dame Barber, a Socastee Plaza business owner. "Everything was taped off, so I just pretty much drove around the block and walked over." 

For these business owners, they had trouble believing something like this would happen in an area that hardly sees any violence.

"It's kind of crazy that this is going on," said business owner Rebecca Allen. "I'm hoping this was just bad timing and people are not out to just kill somebody randomly." 

After police cleared the scene, a WMBF News reporter spoke with the victim's brother, Steve Stalvey, who was in distraught as he gathered around family after hearing the news.

He said Wohnig opened and closed the laundromat for years. Now, what initially was just a regular day at work has left her children without a mother.

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