Columbus man arrested for first-degree murder

Published 12:35 pm Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Judge denies bond to suspect

COLUMBUS — A Columbus man is being held on first-degree murder charges, without bond, for the death of Karen Denise Jenkins, of Landrum, whose body was found in a well earlier this year.

Jeremy Bradshaw

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeremy Lynn Bradshaw on Tuesday afternoon.

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Bradshaw had his first appearance in court Wednesday morning, with Judge Emily Cowan ordering him to be held under no bond.

Bradshaw had previously been charged with concealing a death and obstruction of justice in the case.

Jenkins was reported missing in January to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials with the sheriff’s office said it was later determined Jenkins was last known to be in Polk County. The investigation was forwarded to Polk County for further investigation.

In February, the investigation led detectives to an old abandoned well just outside Columbus in Lynn, off Old Highway 19.

Human remains found in the well were later identified as Jenkins. An autopsy was performed to determine the cause of death.

Details of the case were expected to be announced during a press conference scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Check with and Friday’s paper for more details on this arrest.