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Third arrest in 2011 murder investigation, accused of cleaning up "bloody mess"

Rachel Rae Fremion (Source: Lexington County Detention Center) Rachel Rae Fremion (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)

Lexington County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a third person in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a West Columbia man in 2011.

Detectives arrested 33-year-old Rachel Rae Fremion of Pelion Thursday on a charge of accessory after the fact to murder.  Fremion is awaiting a bond hearing at the Lexington County Detention Center.

Two weeks ago, deputies arrested 36-year old Jamey Mallette on kidnapping and murder charges in the case of 22-year-old Michael Jody George.  In December of 2012, 34-year-old William Thomas Embree, Jr. was charged with the same counts.

George went missing in December of 2011.

According to arrest warrants, Fremion is accused of helping Mallette clean up his home in Gaston after the murder.  Sheriff James Metts said witnesses reported Fremion "worked on numerous occasions to clean up a 'bloody mess' at Mallette's home"

Metts said detectives recovered evidence at Mallette's home that contained blood and DNA that forensic tests show came from George's body.  Investigators have not yet found George's body.

Mallette is awaiting trial at Lexington County Detention Center after being denied bond.  Embree is serving a 6-year sentence in a different case at McCormick Correctional Institution.

Mallette and Embree are accused of kidnapping George from Shooter's Bar on Charleston Highway on December 24th, 2011.  George's family reported him missing the next day, the same day his car was found near West Columbia. 

Sheriff Metts said the case remains under investigation and anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC. 

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