Mauldin police continue to investigate 2007 murder - FOX Carolina 21

Mauldin police continue to investigate 2007 murder

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Debra Chisholm (Source: Mauldin PD) Debra Chisholm (Source: Mauldin PD)
MAULDIN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

It's been seven years since Debra Chisholm's body was found inside her charred home on Brookbend Road in Mauldin.

It was December 12, 2007, when Mauldin police say they responded to a fire at Chisholm's home. Once the fire was put out firefighters found her body on the floor inside her bedroom.

"It was a fire that was set with an accelerant and the fire was set at the body of Debra Chisholm," explained Mauldin Police Sgt. Ben Ford.

An autopsy concluded the 44-year-old had been stabbed several times and beaten with a blunt object. It also showed Chisholm was dead before the fire was set.

"The manner of death tends to lead us towards it was a crime of passion. That's been our thinking. We believe it's someone who knew her or knows her," Ford said.

Chisholm was single at the time but trying her luck in the local dating scene.

"There were several guys that we had spoken with that she had been on dates with. I wouldn't call it relationships but she had friends and we talked to her friends and co-workers," explained Ford.

Police cleared all her friends and co-workers. But with any murder investigation police say everyone is a potential suspect, including family.

"She had a nephew and a niece both that lived with her at one time," explained Ford.

Ford said the niece had moved out but the nephew was still living with Chisholm.

"He was not on the scene when the fire occurred, so of course he was someone we wanted to talk too and we did talk too,"  Ford said.

Mauldin Police have not named a suspect in Debra Chisholm's murder. But they do believe her killer is still in the Upstate.

"We believe we have interviewed the person that is involved. Just because it's 7-years-old there is someone out there that has a piece of information that can help us,"  Ford said.

If you have any information on the murder of Debra Chisholm call Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIMESC.

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