Man arrested in 1976 slaying in South Carolina

Man arrested in 1976 slaying in South Carolina
State officials say 65-year-old Charles Ugvine Coleman was arrested Thursday and jailed in the death of Elizabeth Ann Howell Wilson, who disappeared after working a shift at a textile mill on March 20, 1976. (Source: WALB)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say man has been charged with rape and murder in the slaying of a South Carolina woman who was killed more than 40 years ago.

State officials say 65-year-old Charles Ugvine Coleman was arrested Thursday and jailed in the death of Elizabeth Ann Howell Wilson.

She disappeared after working a shift at a textile mill on March 20, 1976, and her body and vehicle were found later in a rural community.

A spokesman for the State Law Enforcement Division says Coleman was booked into the Fairfield County Jail after a recent forensics “breakthrough” led police to him.

It’s unclear whether Coleman has an attorney to speak on his behalf.

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