Cold Case Unit
The Cold Case Unit was formed to reactivate and review previously unsolved homicides. The Squad is made up of experienced investigators. Using a combination of new forensic technology, computer databases, re-interviewing of witnesses and review of the original investigation, investigators have been able to develop new approaches and strategies to the cases. The Richland County Cold Case Squad was formed to provide closure to family members of those who have been murdered and hold offenders accountable for what they have done.
If you have any information on the "cold" or unsolved murder cases listed below, or any unsolved murder, please call us at (803) 576-3000. Together we can bring relief to tragic situations and bring the guilty to justice.
On September 27, 1992, Regina Canzater, the mother of three, was found dead in a ditch. This area of Columbia where she was found by a teenager is by the railroad tracks on West Beltline Blvd. and the Colony Apartments. Ms. Canzater lived in Jagers Terrace Apartments also located along West Beltline Blvd. She would often walk along this path to visit her daughter and friends in the area of the Colony Apartments.
Silene Eaddy was found murdered on April 17, 2004. She was only fifteen years old at the time of her death. Silene was found in a wooded area by the Fire Department at the intersection of Pincushion and Montgomery Roads. It was discovered that she had been severely beaten and then set on fire.
On the 22nd of February 2020 Deputies responded to 357 Willie Wilson Rd in reference to the victim, Robert Gerhart, DOB: 11/17/1952, being found at his residence bleeding from the head. Gerhart was pronounced dead at the scene and after autopsy; it was found that he had died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. Through the investigation, it is believed that Gerhart was murdered between the 19th and the 22nd of February. At this time it is still unknown who is responsible for Gerhart’s death.
On December 3, 2016, Brandon Jamar Goodson, age 29 of Hopkins, SC, was found with multiple gunshot wounds at an apartment complex in the 3600 block of Ranch Rd. in the Dentsville area. This incident occurred around 11:40 P.M. He later died of complications from his wounds.
Eugene Carmichael O’Boyle, known as Mike, was reported missing by his family on May 29, 1980. He was last seen at a C& S Bank branch office on Two Notch Rd. near I-20 around 11:30 A.M on May 27, 1980. He was accompanied by an unidentified female at that time. Mike’s burning car was found several days later in the area of Parklane Rd. and Farrow Rd. in Dentsville. His skeletal remains were found in a thinly wooded area about a mile from where his car was burned on November 29, 1980. Mike was 20 years old at the time of his death and a sophomore at the University of South Carolina.
Robert “Cody” Presher was murdered on October 28, 2018. He was only seventeen years old at the time of his death. Mr. Presher was found dead in his apartment on Deerwood St. Cody died as a result of gunshot wounds.
On August 17, 1996 Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Rosewood boat landing located at the end of Rosewood Drive, just down from the SC State Fairgrounds in Columbia, S.C. Deputies were called there after witnesses reported that a man had been stabbed. When deputies arrived, they discovered the body of 65 year old Jack Robinson. He had driven to the boat landing in his white four-door 1991 Dodge Dynasty. Witnesses describe how Robinson met with a man and walked with him into a wooded area. Shortly thereafter, they heard Jack screaming for help and he stumbled out of the woods. He had been stabbed. The suspect, featured in the composite above, was described as a Latino male about 5’10”, 160lbs, mustache, wearing dark Ray-Ban style sunglasses. He was believed to be around 25-35 years old. Jack lived on Ranch Rd and worked at Moncrief Army Hospital on Ft. Jackson in the drug dispensary.
On June 19, 2001 Shelton John Sanders was last seen at 1132 Olympia Avenue in Columbia, South Carolina. No one in his family or circle of friends have heard from him since that time. His vehicle was Later located; however, his remains have not been found. Anyone having information on the death of Shelton Sanders or the location of his remains is asked to call the Richland County Sheriff’s Department at 803-576-3000 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-crimesc.
Theron “Boukie” Woodard was killed on May 12, 2019. He and a friend had just left Insomnia Night Club and were traveling on Columbia Mall Blvd. en route to the Summit. As they approached the Theatre at Columbia Mall, a dark color vehicle drove up beside them and began shooting. Boukie, who was in the passenger’s seat was hit and died from his injuries. He was only 26 years old at the time of his death. Mr. Woodard is from Fairfield County.