‘Twist’ in woman’s death revealed
by The Press and Standard | August 24, 2018 10:57 am
Last Updated: August 24, 2018 at 2:48 pm
The following is from Sheriff R.A. Strickland, Captain Jason Chapman, and the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office:
During the live press release on Aug. 22, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office mentioned a twist that significantly hindered the active investigation into the disappearance and— now determined murder — of Ashley Murdaugh.
Today, investigators with Colleton County have more details regarding that twist.
Beginning on Aug. 19 and continuing through today, an unidentified female called multiple persons involved in the investigation, identifying herself as a SLED agent and law enforcement officer. Calls were made to family members and potential witnesses, during which this female attempted to convince individuals that the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office did not have the family’s best interest in mind. The suspect even called the Colleton Medical Center and the CMC head of medicine in an attempt to obtain sensitive case details such as the victim’s blood type, injuries and manner of death … all before the victim’s remains had even been located.
Late yesterday afternoon, CCSO investigators, assisted by agents from SLED’s Lowcountry Division, identified this suspect. At 10 a.m. this morning, investigators with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Shannon Fisk Steinbronn on charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer and obstruction of justice. Steinbronn was arrested at her home in Dorchester County, with assistance from the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office. Steinbronn will be housed at the Colleton County Detention Center and will face a bond judge between 3-4 p.m. today on the associated charges.
“The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone that came forward with information throughout Ashley Murdaugh’s investigation. Despite Steinbronn’s actions, information from the community is what led to the recovery of Murdaugh and the arrest of all the associated suspects. CCSO applauds the manner in which the community pulled together and condemns the intentional actions of Steinbronn,” said Sheriff Strickland.
As of this time, no motive has been determined to support Steinbronn’s interference.