• Woman found dead inside South Carolina home with door open

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a woman has been found dead by her roommate, who told police the door of their home was open.

    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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