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Orangeburg, SC (WLTX) - A 26-year-old Orangeburg man has been arrested in the death of his girlfriend, according to Orangeburg Sheriff Leroy Ravenell.
"Officers were contacted by the victim's father on June 30 after he had not heard from his daughter, Ebony Bryant, in over a month. The Goose Creek resident said that his daughter was living in Orangeburg and usually called him on a regular basis, "said Ravenell.
Officers interviewed a woman who was caring for the Bryant's infant child, who said she had not heard or seen Bryant in months.
Investigators then interviewed the victim's boyfriend, 36-year-old Carlos Kemp, and Ravenell says the information he gave to the interviewers turned out to be inaccurate. Officers eventually determined that Kemp murdered Bryant in a dispute over money.
Investigators say Kemp beat the woman on the head, causing her death.
Kemp did submit a voluntary statement admitting to the murder, indicating how the body was disposed and the location of the incident, which was at 445 Alva Street in Orangeburg, according to the Orangeburg Sheriff's office.
Ravenell said, "It is extremely unfortunate that so many of the murders we investigate are the result of a domestic dispute. We know that abusive relationships are taking place throughout our county and it is imperative that we join forces to provide informaiton and resoures for people who find themselves in these situations."
An information seminar on domestic violence for leaders in the faith community is planned for September 27 at the Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical college from 8:30am until 12:30pm. The training is free and open to all church leaders and staff. If you are interested you may call Victims' Services Unit at 803-531-6708.