Authorities release victim and suspect names in Florence motel room death
FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) – The Florence Police Department provided more information on a homicide investigation after a woman was found dead inside a motel room.
Officers responded just before 9 p.m. Wednesday to the Colonial Inn on Irby Street after a person was heard screaming for help.
When they arrived, officers said they tried to open the door with a key, but a man identified as Donald Moore held the door and kept officers from coming into the room.
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Police said they made forced entry into the room and took Moore into custody after a brief struggle.
A woman was found dead in the room.
The Florence County Coroner identified the woman as Tosana Tyisha Carter, 45, of Florence. According to the coroner, Carter died as a result of a sharp-edged weapon.
The arrest warrants for Moore indicate a boxcutter was found at the scene.
The body will be autopsied Friday morning at the Medical University of S.C.
Moore is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
The Florence Police Department said it’s still investigating and working to determine how the events of the incident unfolded.
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