Help solve 20-year-old homicide case in Oconee Co.

Stacey Brooke Holsonback
Stacey Brooke Holsonback

WALLHALA, SC (WSPA) – Oconee Co. Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help solving a 20-year-old homicide case.

Investigators say the body of Clemson Student, Stacey Brooke Holsonback was found floating in Lake Hartwell on Feb. 20, 1997.

The autopsy showed she had been strangled.

Holsonback was a freshman bio-chemistry major at Clemson University from Prosperity, South Carolina and had planned to go into the medical field, concentrating on research for cancer treatments, according to the sheriff’s office.

They say she lived on the Clemson campus at Johnstone Hall and worked part-time at the School of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. She was a member of the Gamma Sigma Sigma sorority.

The sheriff’s office says Stacy was last seen on February 19, 1997, when she went “mud-bogging” near Seneca with two men who were Clemson University students.

Investigators say her body was found one mile from the Clemson campus and over two miles from the site where she was last seen alive.

The investigation hasn’t been dormant, according to deputies.

They say investigators from Oconee County, Clemson University Police Department and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division have been following the leads and conducting interviews regarding the investigation.

They say evidence has been re-submitted to the SLED Forensic Laboratory for re-testing to utilizing advances in forensic technology that weren’t available in 1997″

A task force has been assembled that is dedicated to the identification and apprehension of the persons responsible for Stacy’s death, according to the sheriff’s department.

They are consulting with criminal profilers from SLED and the FBI who are experts in the field of violent crime.

A profile of the offenders is being prepared and will be utilized by the task force in identification and arrest of the responsible individuals.

If you have any information, you can tip them anonymously.

Contact the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4111, Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or 864-638-STOP.

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