Man admits killing wife; body found in garage say Oconee Co. deputies

Lee Cawthorn
Lee Cawthorn

WESTMINSTER, SC (WSPA) – Oconee Co. deputies say a husband admitted to killing his wife and helped investigators find her body in a garage. She had been missing since mid April.

Lee Mikeal Cawthon, 40, of Westminster faces charges of murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and domestic violence, according to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators interviewed Cawthon on Wednesday. With his assistance, deputies say they recovered a body in a garage on Welcome Church Road. The coroner is waiting for a positive ID, but indications are that it’s the body of Rebecca Murray Cawthon.

Deputies say family reported the 33-year-old woman missing on April 18th after not hearing from her for several days.

A family member went to Rebecca Cawthon’s home after not being able to reach her by phone and notified deputies.

Last week, the sheriff’s office announced that deputies had exhausted leads in the search for Rebecca Cawthon and asked for the public’s help to bring her home to her family.

Sheriff Michael Crenshaw said deputies think it is a domestic related homicide and investigators are still interviewing people. He said the sheriff’s office had no previous call history with the couple.

Lee Mikeal Cawthon (Source: Oconee County Sheriff’s Office)

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