- Associated Press - Friday, May 12, 2017

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A sheriff isn’t saying why a murder charge has been dropped against a man in the death of a woman whose 8-year-old daughter remains missing in South Carolina.

Marlboro County Sheriff Charles Lemon said in a news release Friday information developed since 36-year-old Dwayne Bright’s arrest last weekend led deputies to release him from jail.

Lemon says releasing additional information on why deputies charged Bright or why they dropped the charge would be inappropriate because of the ongoing case.

Authorities said Ella Lowery was found dead in the Bennettsville home she shared with her daughter May 5. The girl has not been seen since despite a massive search by state police and the FBI.

Bright’s family told media outlets he is mentally disabled and could not get to Lowery’s home.

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