Deputies: Special needs woman tied up, found dead on side of highway

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – New information was released Friday in connection to the death of a 20-year-old woman who was found dead on the side of Highway 76 in Timmonsville last month.

The victim, who had special needs, has been identified as Totyana Ham, according to Thomas McFadden with the Florence County Sheriff's Office. Ham was discovered tied up and face down along the highway on February 24.

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Ham's great uncle, James Kennedy, said he saw Ham just a week before she was killed. Ham lived with Kennedy's sister since she was a toddler until she moved with her mom after his sister passed.

"She was a very compassionate and caring person and had feelings for everybody… 'you okay?'.. that was her thing, wanting to know if you was okay or not," Kennedy said.

McFadden said Ham's body was dumped along the highway after she was killed. He  believes the suspect dumped her in an open area on purpose.

"Her being place here it's not hidden, like she was left almost in plain view like she could be found," McFadden said.

"I think it was just an act of let me hurry up and get rid of this cause it's a problem, you know, so I don't think they was kind… they would have shared that kindness and let her live," Kennedy said.

Even though Ham is gone, Kennedy said the family will not truly be at peace until they get the closure they deserve.

"You killed a very innocent person, who had no danger or no harm to anyone, you know and um it's easy to turn yourself in than having to look over your shoulder for the rest of your life," Kennedy said.

Deputies are asking anyone with any information on the incident to call the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

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