MYRTLE BEACH — MYRTLE BEACH A reward leading for information about the death of a 23-year-old Little River woman has been increased to $6,000, Horry County police Sgt. Robert Kegler said Friday.
Last month Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry, which is based in Charleston, offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the death of Amber Berbiglia and on Friday, friends and family of the woman added $5,000 to the reward bringing it to $6,000, Kegler said.
The Little River woman’s body was found near the Robert Edge Parkway at Old Sanders Drive on May 3 by someone passing by about 4:30 p.m. that day, police said. The location is under Robert Edge Parkway between S.C. 31 and the Intracoastal Waterway.
Berbiglia was originally from New York and was a student at Horry-Georgetown Technical College with plans to become a costume designer, family members said Friday during a vigil held where she was found dead. She was engaged to be married this summer and had been dating her boyfriend for the last two years.
Horry County authorities initially reported Berbiglia was shot, but an autopsy revealed she died from blunt force trauma. A weapon has not been identified and police have not released a motive in her death.
Detectives continue to investigate Berbiglia’s death as a homicide and are trying to identify a suspect, Kegler said.
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