Deputies: Man wanted in murder of woman found dead behind vacant home

LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. — Deputies are asking for the public's help finding a man wanted for the murder of a woman found dead behind a vacant home in Lancaster County.

Officials said Derrick Allen McIlwain, 41, killed Kimberly Alger, who was found dead behind a vacant mobile home Tuesday in the Rich Hill community.


According to deputies, they discovered the 36-year-old woman's body at the home on Spirit Road near the steps leading to the back porch.

A neighbor told Channel 9 an officer told her they found Alger after a call came in that somebody had put a note on the door to rent the mobile home and saw a body.

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McIlwain was initially wanted for domestic violence of a high aggravated nature against Alger because of an incident that happened days before her body was discovered, but deputies are now charging him with her death.

“It is urgent that McIlwain be located and taken into custody on these charges,” said Sheriff Barry Faile.  “We encourage anyone with information on McIlwain’s movements, activities or whereabouts to contact us immediately.

(McIlwain's car)

According to officials, McIlwain drives a 2006 Nissan Altima which could have a paper tag or South Carolina tag 8690LF on it.

Deputies said he lives in a mobile home on Dickens Road in Heath Springs and should be considered armed and dangerous.

McIlwain is also wanted for shoplifting.

Anyone who sees him or the automobile, is asked to contact the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or Midlands Crimestoppers at 888-274-6372.