WIS Cold Case: Leesville woman killed with own gun

LEESVILLE, SC (WIS) - Thanks to a new partnership between WIS News 10 and Crimestoppers, we are hoping to solve even more crimes around the Midlands.

Our first case is one of the most baffling open cases in the Midlands, the murder of Kay Riley.

We have new information about the murder weapon, but deputies still have no idea who did it.

Winter has turned to spring in the town Kay Riley left behind. There are clues but no answers to why Kay Riley is gone. Her office sits empty, the files burned.

"I Woke up one day and don't have a partner anymore, someone to share life with, to do normal family things with," says Miles Riley.

Normal is how the morning of February 19 started.

"We'd been eating breakfast that morning. We ate breakfast, I kissed her, got in the truck and headed to Savannah," Miles says.

That was the last time he saw her. Deputies say someone killed her while she was working.

"It's baffling to me as sheriff of this county," says Sheriff Jason Booth. "Every murder is hard to solve but this case is extremely hard because every lead we followed up on has not panned out."

"Kay was a wonderful person, a dear friend of mine," says Bonnie Lawson, who is part of the investigation. She was the last to speak with Riley.

"She said 'where are you?' I said 'Kay, right now I'm in Columbia. I'll be home later, I have to go to an insurance meeting,'" recalls Lawson.

The call dropped, but not before Bonnie heard a noise.

"I told my husband that was a very unusual call from Kay. Thought it was a fax machine, but looking back I think it was when she died," she says.

At 4:06 police got a call from an employee who found his boss shot dead, the mobile home she worked in on fire.

"Not far from the crime scene, Kay's husband says he found her purse. There was no change in it, her makeup was gone and so was her gun.

Just this week Kay's husband said he identified the gun used. It was Kay's personal concealed weapon that killed her.

"We've looked at every angle. been back to the scene numerous times searched the wooded area around where the body was found," says Booth.

"I think somebody came here, got over their head. Came here, wanted money or information. I don't know, can't comprehend how it happened," Miles Riley says.

When the season changes again, the people who loved Kay hope to have answers about what happened and what could have been. 
"Knowing what I know now, I would tell her how much I love her," says Lawson.

If you have any information about Riley's murder, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Posted by Logan Smith