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Police: Arrest made in death of Misty Johnson

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An arrest has been made in the death of a Greenville woman who went missing in September, according to the Greenville Police Department.

Samuel Hawkins, 33, has been charged with the murder of 39-year-old Misty Johnson, police said.

Hawkins was taken into custody at Bailey's Sports Bar & Grille on Laurens Road, police said. Jonathan Bragg with the Greenville Police Department said Hawkins and Johnson were acquaintances and her car was found parked across from his home after her disappearance.

Johnson went missing on Sept. 12, and her body was found on Oct. 30 in Greenville County at the end of Whispering Hollow Road near Interstate 85.

Bragg said there appeared to be a struggle inside her apartment when they began investigating her disappearance, but they remained tight-lipped because they did not want any potential suspects to flee.

Several people were interviewed during the investigation and Hawkins gave several inconsistencies, Bragg said. He said they will not release further evidence they may have against Hawkins but believes they have built a strong case.

Bragg said they no evidence Johnson and Hawkins ever worked together, though they were acquaintances outside of work.

Police said Hawkins is being held without bond. FOX Carolina spoke with Hawkins attorney Grant Varner, who said Hawkins is innocent.

"My client is innocent," Varner told FOX Carolina Monday night. "I do know he's being held tonight at the detention center. I'll be talking with him first thing in the morning, but he's standing by the fact that he's innocent."

Stay with FOX Carolina and foxcarolina.com for the latest in this developing story.

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