An Augusta woman is being held in North Augusta for questioning in the case of the death of a Martinez woman.
Casi Lynne Sommers, 27, turned herself in to the Columbia County Detention Center on Dec. 23 on charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, on a warrant out of South Carolina. Sommers is accused of taking a van without permission that belonged to Shannon Baskins, whose body was found at a North Augusta apartment complex Dec. 10.
A cause of death has not been determined. A warrant was issued by North Augusta Department of Public Safety for Sommers on Dec. 17 for the van’s theft.
According to Lt. Tim Thornton of the public safety department, Sommers may have “historical information about the 24 hours prior to the death of Shannon Baskins that will prove helpful in the determination of the cause of death.”
“Based on the follow up interview with Ms. Sommers with NADPS Detectives following her return to South Carolina, it is still unclear as to her role in the incident with Ms. Baskins,” Thornton wrote in an email. “Ms. Sommers was booked at North Augusta Public Safety then transported directly to the Aiken County Detention Center.”
While the cause of Baskin’s death has yet to be determined pending toxicology results, Thornton said the autopsy showed no signs of trauma and no evidence to support a physical altercation. Toxicology results can take anywhere from four to six weeks, Thornton said.