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Man and woman charged after missing woman’s remains found

LEXINGTON, S.C. – A man and woman are in custody and facing charges related to the death of a woman reported missing last month.

Lee Anthony Corley, 37, is charged with murder for killing Alena Kennedy in his home sometime between April 18 and 21, according to an arrest warrant.

Harriet Leigh Coleman, 37, is charged with accessory to murder and desecrating human remains.

“This isn’t the resolution we were hoping for when Alena’s family reported her as missing,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “We’ve worked hard on this case in an effort to get them some answers and help them heal.”

Koon said Kennedy was last seen at Corley’s home in South Congaree April 18. Detectives received a break in the case when her remains were found June 16 on Old Two Notch Road. Old Two Notch Road and forensic experts with the Richland County Coroner’s Office identified Kennedy’s remains through dental record comparison.

Deputies arrested Corley without incident this afternoon at a home in Swansea. Coleman was arrested this afternoon in South Congaree. Both are scheduled to appear in bond court at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

“We’re still working on this investigation and would appreciate any information that would help us determine more about Alena’s final days,” Koon said.

Koon said anyone with tips on this case should call Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC. Information can also be shared by texting "TIPSC" and the tip to CRIMES (274637). Tipsters don’t have to share their name and they could become eligible for a cash reward.

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