South Carolina man arrested for murdering local woman; 8-yr-old still missing! BOLO!

Authorities arrested a Bennettsville, South Carolina, man on Friday night in connection with the death of a local mother, whose little girl is still missing. Police believe the child was with her mother when the murder occurred. The suspect is not the child’s father.

WBTW reports that Dwayne Jermaine Bright, 36, is accused of killing Ella Lowery and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) said that Bright and Lowery were only acquaintances. Iyana Lowery, the victim’s 8-year-old daughter, has been missing since her mother’s death.

The FBI, MCSO, Bennettsville police, DNR, and SLED have been searching for the child all weekend, but so far haven’t located her. Marlboro County Sheriff Charles Lemon said that Bright will not say anything at all about the little girl, but that authorities will continue to look for her.

“We are working as hard as we possibly can to bring a resolution to this case and find Iyana. All agencies are working 20 hour days to accomplish this. We have expertise from all around the United States collaborating to bring Iyana home.”

Iyana is described as a black female who stands 4 feet 2 inches tall and about weighs around 100 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen with her hair in a ponytail.

Marlboro County deputies found Ella Lowery’s lifeless body at around 9 a.m. on Friday morning, in a home off of Craig Circle in Bennettsville, after responding to a 911 call.

Lemon stated that authorities are trying to gather enough information to see if Iyana qualifies for an AMBER Alert, but in the meantime, he asks anyone with any information or tips to come forward immediately.

“We need the community to stand beside us and remain vigilant in helping and sharing information. This is not a time as a community to remain silent if you have information. Your piece of information may be critical in saving the life of Iyana. ”

Anyone with any information is urged to call MCSO at 843-479-5605, 911 or 1-888-Crime SC.

The story is still developing. Check back with Crime Online as additional information becomes available.

[Feature Photo: Handout/Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office]