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Granddaughters now charged in connection to death of missing woman, deputies say

Rena Beamer was reported missing 2017
Madilyn Janet Ballard and Tabitha Edith Shook
Madilyn Janet Ballard and Tabitha Edith Shook(Greenville County Sheriff's Office)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 2:57 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WYFF/WIS) - Investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office have charged two additional suspects in connection to the death of a woman reported missing in 2017.

Deputies with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said Rena Hefner Beamer was reported missing in early to mid-summer of 2017. Deputies believe she died in August 2017.

Beamer’s granddaughters Tabitha Edith Shook, 28, and Madilyn Janet Ballard, 23, are both now charged with obstruction of investigation, according to Lt. Ryan Flood with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.

Flood said Shook also faces an additional charge of unauthorized removal of a dead body.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office previously fired Deputy Joseph Parrish in connection with the case. His termination came about after Sheriff Hobart Lewis reopened several cold case investigations, including the case of Rena Beamer.

Flood said that during the investigation, then-deputy Parrish failed to do his job and was placed on administrative leave before he was fired on June 2.

Rena Beamer’s caregiver, Beth Beamer, 46, was charged with abuse, neglect and exploitation of a vulnerable adult, desecration or removal of human remains, unauthorized removal of a dead body and obstruction of investigation.

Flood said Rena Beamer’s body has yet to be located.

Investigators continue to ask for anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Rena Beamer to call Crime Stoppers of Greenville at 23-CRIME.

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