Woman found dead in her home a victim of homicide, says coroner

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the woman who was found Thursday in her residence in the 900 block of Huntington Avenue, Columbia.

Joan Staub, 56, was found by her roommate. An autopsy conducted by the Richland County Coroner’s Office indicated the cause of death to be due to blunt force trauma to the upper body. The Coroner has ruled the death a homicide.

The Columbia Police Department is investigating the incident.

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