MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCBD) – Authorities have arrested a man who they believe fatally shot a woman at her home in Mount Pleasant’s Old Village earlier this month.
According to an affidavit, Norman Philip Browne is charged with grand larceny after police say he stole 60-year-old Ann Witherspoon’s Cadillac three days before her body was discovered.
Witherspoon was reported missing on February 9th by her long-time friend, Mary Webb.
Ms. Webb told investigators with the Mount Pleasant Police Department that she believed Witherspoon went to Myrtle Beach to meet with Browne for an unknown reason on February 6th.
Browne later confirmed the two met and stated that he drove her back to Mount Pleasant after she was injured during their meeting. Browne said he left Mount Pleasant around 11:30 p.m. in the Cadillac that night and drove back to his home in Myrtle Beach.
He told investigators that he returned the Cadillac to Witherspoon on February 7th in Wilmington, NC around 8:00 p.m.
However, it was reported that Browne was pulled over by South Carolina Highway Patrol in Myrtle Beach that day and was in possession of the vehicle.
Just two days later her body would be found at her home in the Old Village.
The coroner on scene, Bobbi Jo O’Neal, estimated that Witherspoon had been deceased for more than 48 hours—meaning she would have been dead during the time Browne claimed he was returning her car in Wilmington.
The vehicle was not located at Witherspoon’s home in Mount Pleasant and remains unaccounted for.
Browne was later taken into custody and posted a $50,000 bond.