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Arrests made after officials find body inside Cayce home

Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 10:25 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 8, 2021 at 3:08 PM EDT
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CAYCE, S.C. (WIS) - Officers have made an arrest in the death of a woman in Cayce.

According to the Cayce Department of Public Safety, Kendall Lamont Moody was arrested and charged with murder and possessing a weapon during a violent crime.

Officials say they located the body of Heather Renee Jordan, 30, of West Columbia at a home in the 1600 block of Northland Drive.

Jordan was pronounced dead at the scene with the cause of death pending an autopsy. An autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday at MUSC.

“Our officers were very thorough in processing evidence during the investigation. We were able to quickly arrest Kendall Lamont Moody thanks to their diligence and commitment to public safety. A lot of outstanding investigative work occurred yesterday to lead to these charges,” said Byron Snellgrove, Director of the Cayce Department of Public Safety. “The Cayce Department of Public Safety will continue to work to ensure that justice is served for the death of Heather Renee Jordan.”

Neighbors say they didn’t know the victim, but they are glad an arrest has been made in connection with this case.

One neighbor who has lived in the area for 63 years told WIS the neighborhood has changed a lot recently so he’s not surprised this happened.

On October 8, officials announced that two additional suspects had been arrested in connection with this case.

Michael Allen Ponder Sr. has been charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

Charles Cavin Craft has been charged with accessory after the fact of murder, attempted murder, failure to stop for blue lights, resisting arrest with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during a violent crime, and possession of a stolen vehicle.

A fourth suspect believed to be involved in this case has been identified and is pending release from a behavioral health treatment facility before being charged. The name of that suspect will not be released until charges are made.

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