Man In Sullivan County Jail Wanted for Murder In SC Cold Case
A man who is in the Sullivan County jail for the murder of his former roommate in 2017 is now suspected in a 2009 cold case in South Carolina. A release from the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office in SC states that the department’s Cold Case Unit has obtained a murder warrant for 38 year old Jeffery Ray Phillips. The Cold Case Unit had been looking into the murder of 24 year old Allison Southerland-Craine, whose dead body was found under a bridge in Greenville, SC. over a dozen years ago. Southerland-Craine suffered multiple blunt force trauma injuries, and following the initial investigation, the case went cold due to a lack of leads. But, cold case investigators found out that Phillips had been a regular cab driver for the victim and that she had been angry over money that he reportedly owed her. The actual motive in the murder is still under investigation, but cell phone records provided sufficient evidence to obtain a warrant for Phillips.