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Clues sought after woman’s body found outside Sanford hospital ER

August 25, 2018

Amid an active search for a suspect, autopsy results were pending Friday after the body of a woman was found inside a car parked near the Central Carolina Hospital emergency room on Thursday, authorities said.

The body of Imani Shabriyah Olivier, 20, of Sanford, was found in a car that was parked just outside the emergency room entrance. It was not immediately clear if she drove herself to the facility or if someone else transported her there before she died.

Sanford police were called to the hospital at 1135 Carthage St. just after 4 p.m. after getting a report that someone had been shot. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said Olivier had been shot at the Autumn Oaks Apartments at 250 Willow Oak Road and was taken to Central Carolina Hospital in a personal vehicle.

A nearby neighbor said they heard multiple shots.

“When I walked outside I heard like two or three gunshots...and my sister ran back in the house and said like, ‘Somebody’s shooting,’” said Iesha Birch.

Birch said she ran inside, but her sister had a close encounter with a person who had been shot.

“When I was pulling out and a car got behind me and started blowing, and I moved out of the way,” said Toni Birch. “And the car kept going and just like sped off.”

Police said a murder warrant has been issued for a suspect but investigators have not publicly identified the suspect or said what the relationship was between the victim and the person being sought.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sanford police.

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