Investigators at a Greenville woman's home after she was found dead Sunday. (July 15, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Ramona Hatton (Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Investigators said Monday that a woman who was found dead inside her Greenville home Sunday afternoon was beaten to death.
The body was found about 3:40 p.m. at 8 Valentine St. Sunday.
Deputies said a neighbor reported that the woman, identified by the Greenville County Coroner's Office as 59-year-old Ramona Hatton, had not been seen in the neighborhood for a couple of days. Authorities said she lived alone at 8 Valentine St.
Neighbors described Ramona Hatton as being "pleasant, kind and never causing any trouble."
"She was a really sweet person," said neighbor Maira Garcia, who said Hatton often offered to babysit her kids. "She'd never walk by without speaking to you, she would say 'good morning,' 'hey,' always something."
When her residence became too quiet last week, Master Deputy Laura Campbell said her neighbors got worried.
"Apparently that female was out in the neighborhood frequently, so there was some cause for concern when no one had seen her," said Campbell.
Greenville County deputies said when they stopped in to make the welfare check they found the front door slightly opened. When deputies walked inside, they said they found the decomposed remains of a woman, as well as evidence her death was a homicide.
"Obviously there was some sort of trauma, or things around the body that led (investigators) to believe that something had actually happened versus a natural death," said Campbell.
Greenville County Deputy Coroner Tony Segars said the official cause of Hatton's death was a fatal blow to her body, but the coroner's office won't reveal further information to protect the investigation.
Hatton's homicide is a shock for those who lived near her, neighbors told FOX Carolina they rarely saw anyone at her home.
"She was a really sweet person, I can't imagine something like that happening to her," said Garcia.
Deputies said they need information from anyone who may have seen her or been with her in the days and hours leading up to her death. They are asked to call the sheriff's office at 864-271-5210 or Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME (864-232-7463).
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