Contact: Sgt Joe Bernhard
Public Relations Unit/Mounted Unit Supervisor
MEDIA RELEASE - 04-04-14
Columbia Police Investigate Homicide
On 04-03-14, at 5:46 A.M., Columbia Police officers were dispatched to
1718 Providence Road North, Providence Inn and Suites Motel, in reference to an unconscious female. An unidentified male called 911 saying he found the female in his room and then hung up. Upon arrival officers found a 16 year old female deceased. The cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner. The female had been previously reported as runaway. The male who called left before officers arrived. Next of kin has been notified. The victim's name will not be released at this time.
It is an ongoing investigation and Columbia Police Department detectives are investigating the case as a homicide.
Case Number 2014-003614
Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers, 573-875-TIPS (8477), or the Columbia Police Department, 573-442-6131.