South Carolina Teen Taken Into Custody After His Mother Found Dead In Home

| by Jared Keever

Police in Simpsonville, South Carolina, are investigating the death of a 44-year-old woman, whose body was found in her home on Sept. 1, and have reportedly taken her 13-year-old son into custody. 

A contractor who arrived at the home that morning let himself in and found Isabel Cristina Zuluaga’s body and called 911, Fox Carolina reports. Deputies with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office arrived to learn that Zuluaga’s son was missing from the scene and had not reported to school that morning. 

Police started a search for the boy. Neighbors who spoke with Fox Carolina said they received automated calls that morning saying there was a missing boy who might be in their area. 

The teen, whose name is not being released by police because of his age, was later found walking near the county line around noon. He was taken into custody in connection with his mother’s death and has since been handed over to Family Court, Master Deputy Jonathan Smith told Greenville Online. 

The Sheriff’s Office said it is not seeking any suspects and there is no threat to the community.

The Coroner’s Office told Fox Carolina Zuluaga appeared to have suffered multiple injuries.

Coroner Parks Evans told The News the cause of death had not yet been determined and that there is an autopsy scheduled for Sept. 2. 

As police conducted their investigation at the home, the nearby Bryson Middle School was placed on modified lockdown. During such a lockdown officials and students must remain inside the building. The lockdown lasted through the end of the school day, school officials said. 

Sources: Fox Carolina, Greenville Online / Photo credit: Tex Texin/Flickr