Crimestoppers: Suspicious Death Investigation Continues

By April 9, 2019 Press Releases

Columbia Police Chief W.H. ‘Skip’ Holbrook announces that officers continue to investigate a suspicious death after a man was found deceased outside of a business last week.

CPD officers were dispatched to the 5400 block of Forest Drive on Friday, April 5, 2019 shortly after 9:00 a.m.

A passerby found the man near the parking lot of the San Jose Restaurant with no signs of life and called 9-1-1.

According to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts, 35 year-old Charles Arthur Crane died from blunt force injuries.

CPD investigators are working to determine whether Crane’s death was intentional or accidental.

Citizens with information to aid with the investigation are encouraged to contact Crimestoppers in any of the following ways:

CALL toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC.

LOG onto:, and click on the red “Submit a tip” tab.

DOWNLOAD the new P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.