Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says 56-year-old Joan Staub was beaten to death.
Columbia Police said on Twitter that Staub's roommate called police around 8:30 a.m. Thursday after finding the door open at their home south of downtown Columbia.
Police Chief Skip Holbrook says the crime doesn't match the pattern of any other break-ins in the area, so his investigators think the killing is an isolated incident.
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