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Coroner: Couple's deaths investigated as homicides

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. — A man and woman have been found dead in their Greenville County home, and the couple's deaths are being investigated as homicides, according to the coroner. The home is on Terramont Drive, in a neighborhood that is off East North Street near Montero Lane. The Greenville County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the bodies of a man and woman were found in the home. Investigators said they got the call at about 10:50 a.m. Greenville County coroner Parks Evans confirmed at about 1 p.m. that the deaths are homicides. Sheriff's Office spokesman Jonathan Smith said a family friend went to the home and knocked on the front door. When there was no response, the friend and a man, who sometimes helps with the couple's lawn care, walked around the back of the home, and saw the man's body on the floor. The friend and the man then went inside and found the woman's body in another room. A neighbor told News 4 that the friend was actually the couple's housekeeper. Thomas Ragsdale, a former next-door neighbor whose father still lives there, said his brother-in-law was with housekeeper who discovered the bodies. He said his brother-in-law aerates the couple’s yard once a year. “The cleaning lady could not get the (couple) to come to the front door, so she hollered at my brother-in-law to see if he knew where they were at, and he did not know. They knocked on the door and that's when they noticed the front door was open," Ragsdale said. “It looked like there might have been a little ransacking going on --maybe a robbery,” he said. “We can't tell for sure. The door knob had blood stains on the outside of the door as if someone exited the house after the murders.” The identities of the deceased man and woman have not yet been released. The deceased man’s fishing buddy, Chuck Northcutt said, “Normally, we can get in touch with him either by his cellphone or home phone -- and neither one. We were not successful at contacting him and calling him -- went directly to his answering machine. So we didn't think anything about it because he works pretty diligently with foreign people, mostly from South America, and it's not uncommon for him to entertain them late at night, so we didn't think anything about it." Northcutt said they were supposed to go fishing Wednesday, but when he couldn’t reach his friend, the trip was canceled. The couple attended Taylors First Baptist Church. “They were both real nice people -- very committed Christians and very loyal to the church,” Associate Pastor Dr. Jimmie Harley said. “It's very difficult to comprehend. No one can really fully comprehend it. So you just have to live by faith and encourage the family and do everything you can to support the family and love them and stand by them during this time.” Investigators said that though they have not yet named a suspect, they do not believe the public is at risk. Source:

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