Questions still abound in 9-year-old murder case - - Columbia, South Carolina

Questions still abound in 9-year-old murder case


Tuesday marks nine years since a Lexington County woman was killed. Diana Willmeth was last seen May 6, 2005 leaving Lucky's Bar on Edmund Highway. Her body was found, but her family still has questions about what happened.

"Last time I talked to her, we were laughing," remembered Gerda Willmeth, Diana's mother.

Now, she has to visit Southland Memorial Gardens in West Columbia when she wants to talk to her daughter.

"She's at peace. She's with God," said Willmeth.

Diana's parents reported her missing after Diana had not called her mom and dad in a couple of days. Deputies searched the area, but did not find Diana.

"Ten weeks later, some kids found her less than two miles from the house," said Willmeth.

Diana had been shot to death. Authorities found her vehicle and cell phone at her home, so they believe she was abducted.

The Willmeth family believes Diana was murdered by someone she knew. Nine years after the death, no arrests have been made.

"It's my understanding that the detectives have bits and pieces. They need a few more little pieces to put them together, just like a puzzle," said Willmeth.

Crimestoppers and the Willmeth family are still offering a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for the crime.

Anyone with information can submit an anonymous tip to 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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