Strangulation Possible Cause of Death in A’sha Rucker Case

Investigators are still unsure how 17-year-old A’sha Rucker died, but the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office is treating her death as suspicious in nature.  GreenvilleOnline.com is reporting that the Williamston teen, whose body was discovered Friday in southern Greenville county, may have been strangled.

Scott Ramsey, Greenville County deputy coroner, said the autopsy revealed A’sha Rucker, 17, had marks on her neck indicating possible strangulation, but “at this point, we can’t confirm” that is how she died.

Investigators estimate that Rucker, who disappeared on Wednesday, died on Thursday, Ramsey said.

The autopsy conducted Saturday was ruled incomplete, and the Greenville County Coroner’s office is awaiting toxicology results.  It is worth noting that other area news organizations, including News Channel 7 and WYFF4, are not reporting the possibility of strangulation as a cause of death.

The Palmetto High School student was reported missing by her family on Wednesday.  Her body was discovered outside an abandoned home in Greenville county Friday evening, just east of Ware Place near the intersection of Long Cane Road and Highway 418.

The teen’s family believes she was killed.

“There’s no way A’sha would not have contacted her mother during this time unless she was being held against her will, or she just couldn’t,” said Heather Holcombe, who the family has asked to speak on their behalf. “Of course we found out on Friday night, that was exactly the reason.”

The ongoing investigation is being conducted jointly by the Williamston Police Department and Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.

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7 Responses to “Strangulation Possible Cause of Death in A’sha Rucker Case”

  1. patricia on November 23rd, 2009 6:40 am

    I just want her mom to know, my thoughts and prayers are with her. you could feel when she was on the news that she and her daughter had a closeness.I know there is nothing can bring A’sha back to her, and only time heals the soul. But I hope and pray if this was Murder that they catch the creep soon, may God be with you all.

  2. reggie henderson on November 23rd, 2009 2:54 pm

    i just wan her famlily to know that im sorry for watt happen and hope for i good life for them after there famliy member died.

  3. Marie on November 23rd, 2009 11:29 pm

    My heart goes out to her family during this rough time. I actually knew a’sha and everytime i were to see her i was greeted with a smile and a hug! It’s so sad to see her gone, but i know she’s smiling down as we speak. As for her family im praying for closure.

  4. Kim Kimbrell on January 14th, 2010 4:10 pm

    I’m glad I got to speak to you last night. My heart goes out to you. My 17 year old daughter was murdered on October 17, 2007 and my life will never be the same. I am there whenever you need to talk and I do understand what you are feeling. God will help us through this and our girls will be with us one day.

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