WINNSBORO — Winnsboro Chief of Police Freddie Lorrick said the search was still on for murder suspect LaTroy Dante Sampson as of 4 p.m. Thursday.
“We don’t have anything new,” he said after searching for the suspect for one week.
Lorrick said he is uncertain if the 36-year-old suspect is still in the Winnsboro area.
“It’s hard to say because we don’t have any evidence that he is still in the county,” he said.
Lorrick believes if Sampson has evaded the area, he hasn’t fled far.
“We haven’t been able to link him to any other place past Columbia,” the chief said. “We think he is some where in the area between Winnsboro and Columbia or that general vicinity.”
Winnsboro police received a call of disturbance at 3:50 a.m. July 4 and upon arrival to the Garden Street home they discovered the body of 34-year-old Jennifer Monique Stone, who was unresponsive.
Stone’s 18-year-old son Matthew directed police to her body. Emergency Medical Services arrived shortly after, but were unable to revive Stone.
According to Lorrick, Matthew was awakened in the early hours by a scuffle taking place outside the residence. After waking up to investigate the noise, Matthew was met by Sampson who fled the scene. Matthew then found the body of his mother and promptly called 911.
The autopsy report from the Fairfield County Corner’s office confirmed that Stone died due to strangulation.
Lorrick said there is no indication as to what caused the argument between Stone and Sampson.
“We really do not know at this point and we do not want to speculate on any of that,” he stated.
The relationship between Sampson and Stone is unclear, but Lorrick said they were acquainted.
Lorrick said Sampson has a detailed criminal history and was released from prison in August 2013.
“We’ve had incidents in the past where he’s been involved with domestic violence from what I understand and he has a long criminal record,” Lorrick noted.
Sampson’s criminal history dates back to 1996 when he was arrested by the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) for second degree lynching. Later that year, he was again detained by FCSO for charges of committing strong armed robbery.
Just months later, Sampson was arrested a third time by the FCSO and charged with high aggravated assault and battery. One month later he was sentence to serve time in the Kirkland Penitentiary for assaulting a police officer.
Police say that Sampson should be considered extremely dangerous.
The public can call the Winnsboro Department of Public Safety at 803-635-4511 with any additional information.
Anyone with information about Sampson’s whereabouts should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com. You can also text information in by texting “TIPSC” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way, the identity will remain anonymous and a cash reward might be available.