WINNSBORO — Winnsboro police are looking for Latroy Dante Sampson in connection with the death of a Winnsboro woman whose body was found early Friday morning.
Winnsboro Police Chief Freddie Lorrick said his department was still looking for Sampson as of 3 p.m. Monday.
Police said Sampson should be considered extremely dangerous and is the lead suspect due to the eyewitness report.
“He (Sampson) was seen there in the altercation with her (Stone) and they had a struggle,” Lorrick said. “We’ve not apprehended him yet. We’ve been following some leads along with SLED’s (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division) Fugitive Squad.”
Lorrick said the department has obtained a warrant on Sampson for murder.
Officers responded to a Garden Street home around 4 a.m. Friday and discovered the body of 34-year-old Jennifer Monique Stone on the side of the home after Stone’s son directed them there.
According to Lorrick, Stone was unresponsive and was pronounced dead on the scene after EMS was unable to revive her. Investigators are waiting on autopsy reports to confirm the cause of death.
Her son told officers that the 36-year-old Sampson had assaulted him previously in the evening, and Lorrick said there was an argument between Stone and Sampson, according to eyewitnesses.
The relationship between Sampson and Stone is unclear, but Lorrick said they were acquainted.
Lorrick said Sampson has a detailed criminal history and was released from prison in August 2013.
“We’ve had incidents in the past where he’s been involved with domestic violence from what I understand and he has a long criminal record,” Lorrick noted.
The public can call the Winnsboro Department of Public Safety at 803-635-4511 with any additional information.
Anyone with information about Sampson’s whereabouts should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com. You can also text information in by texting “TIPSC” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way, the identity will remain anonymous and a cash reward might be available.