Monday, February 13, 2023

Coroner released ID, autopsy results of 12-year-old killed in Columbia

Elaina Smith

Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni identified 12-year-old found girl whose body was found Friday in the basement freezer of a Columbia home.

Elaina Smith, 12, of Columbia, died as a result of strangulation, Diamantoni said Monday morning. He ruled her death a homicide.

Smith's mother's ex-boyfriend Jason Shackelford, 39, of Columbia, has been charged with criminal homicide for the death.

Police said Shackelford told the Columbia Borough Police that he raped and killed Smith at her home in the 500 block of Avenue H Wednesday night into Thursday and told police he hid her body in the freezer.

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