SUMTER, S.C. — A reward is being offered for information that can help arrest the person responsible for killing a Columbia man in Sumter.
Raphael H. Bostic’s body was found Feb. 16 2019 down an embankment from the railroad tracks at Cook and South streets.
Family members had reported the 29-year-old missing after they lost contact with him earlier that week. Since his death, police have been working to locate a Sumter man who was last seen with Bostic.
Officers believe Matthew Tyrell Simmons, 27, has information that could help in the case. He also is wanted on an assault and battery 1st degree charge in an unrelated case in the city of Sumter
The two men were friends, according to Bostic’s family. Simmons is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs about 160 lbs. and has brown eyes and hair.
Police are hopeful that the $5,000 reward will encourage anyone with information to come forward to bring closure to the family.