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Home  |  News  |  Victims in double homicide identified, autopsies complete

Victims in double homicide identified, autopsies complete
Monday, June 27, 2011


FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Florence County deputies continue to investigate a homicide after discovering the bodies of a woman and her daughter during a welfare visit Saturday night.

According to Captain Brett Camp with the Florence County Sheriff's Office, out-of-state relatives called law enforcement officials after failed attempts to get in touch with those at the home of 3119 Nicklaus Court at the Country Club of South Carolina.

When deputies entered the home around 10:30 p.m., the bodies of two women were found in what appeared to have been a struggle.

According to Florence County Coroner Bubba Matthews, early investigations point to this being a homicide. While the time of death cannot be determined yet, he estimates that they died earlier Saturday afternoon.

Police also found a child in the residence unharmed. That child was checked out at the hospital and placed in protective custody.

The bodies have been sent to MUSC for autopsies.

Monday morning, Matthews identified the victims as Punam H. Gopaldas, 31, and her mother, Vinaben Patel, 56.

Matthews added autopsies have been completed, however, a cause of death has yet to be determined at this time.

Further details surrounding the discovery and investigation are unknown. WMBF News will provide those details as soon as they become available.

Source: http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/14977823/two-women-found-dead-homicide-investigation-begins

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