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Richland Co. deputies have hands full with three murders

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland County sheriff's deputies have their hands full investigating three murders in one week.

There were 13 total murders in the county for all of 2009.  

Last Tuesday, the body of Willis Jones was found in a home on Nazery Circle. On the same day, Andrade Henry's body was found in a construction site off Rice Creek Farm Road. Then on Saturday, Anthony Salley was shot during an argument on Baccaris Drive.

Deputies think there are three separate killers and all three are on the run.

Henry's mom says she's got faith her son's killer will be found.

"I just want people to know God will find the people who did this and judge them for what they've done," said Natalie Forrest, Andrade's mom.

Deputies say someone murdered the 19-year-old Midlands Tech student last week and dumped his body. The coroner says someone hit him in the head.

Deputies announced Monday afternoon they're looking for a 4-door Ford Explorer. It was Andrade's and they think his killer may have stolen it. The tag number reads FRJ-551.

Across town, hours before Henry's body was found, 57-year-old Willis Jones was found murdered inside his home.

Then on Saturday, Anthony Salley was killed during a fight.

Deputies have a suspect in that one, Jamaal Hinson, but they don't know where he is.

"We don't want the community to be frightened," said Monique Mack with the sheriff's department. "We believe all these incidents are isolated."

Mack says deputies aren't certain if Henry knew his killer, but they do believe the other two victims did.

"We went through the whole month of December with very little crime and coming into the new year," said Mack. "We did have 3 homicides and we're working around the clock."

In a county where there were 13 murders total in 2009, Mack says the surge in murders is coincidence.

"We're working all of our forensic angles," said Mack. "We're working very hard to solve each one of these cases.  We want to make these the only two homicides we have for 2010."

The biggest lead the sheriff's department says they have is in the Anthony Salley murder because they have an official suspect. They need tips in the other two cases

If you have a tip, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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