The body of a South Carolina transgender woman was found last week and her family is disputing police reports that no foul play was involved in her death. 20-year-old Shandon Floyd of Mullins was last seen in Columbia on November 8th, according to WPDE. Floyd’s mother, Amecil Floyd, said that her daughter was there to see a football game with her friends and was staying at a nearby Roadway Inn. She reportedly went missing around 3 in the morning after she borrowed a friend’s car to drive a man to a local store. Surveillance footage from the store shows the pair leaving the store, and afterward, Floyd was not heard from again.
Amecil Floyd reported her daughter missing the next day. Richland County police found Shandon’s body in her car after midnight on Tuesday, November 14. Autopsy results are not yet available but police have said there is no reason to suspect foul play at this moment.
Floyd’s family disagrees and believes that Shandon’s death was a murder and a hate crime.
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“We know it just wasn’t no up-and-die thing,” Floyd’s grandmother, Bonnie Platt Scott, told WPDE. “It was done. It was done to [her]. And Lord, I can just imagine what [she] was going through. I can just imagine. [She] was such a sweet kid. [She] wouldn’t even harm a fly.”
WACH FOX News reports that a Facebook post of a person with a profile under the name of “Vivian lowery James” says they were in a secret relationship with Floyd and got into an argument and would be turning themselves into the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. However, the Sheriff’s Department says no one has come forward.
They released this statement on Friday:
“The Richland County Sheriff’s Department investigated the screenshot from Facebook, sent to several media outlets this morning, regarding the death of Shandon Floyd. After researching, they did not find any validity to this post but are continuing to work this ongoing investigation.”
According to the coroner’s office, they are waiting for the results of a toxicology report that could take as long as six months.