Deputies are investigating the deaths of two people whose bodies were found in this Greenville County home. (Oct. 3, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Gary and Helen Wells are seen in this undated photograph. (Courtesy: Wells family friend)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Deputies are investigating the deaths of an elderly couple whose bodies were found in their Greenville County home Wednesday morning.
The bodies were found about 10:50 a.m. at 10 Terramont Dr.
Greenville County Deputy Jonathan Smith said a friend stopped by the home to visit. He said when no one answered the front door, the friend walked around back and saw a man lying on the floor through a window. He said the friend entered the home and also found a woman's body.
Greenville County Deputy Coroner Mike Ellis identified the victims as 78-year-old Gary Wells and his wife, 77-year-old Helen Wells. He said it appears the couple may have died Tuesday. He said both victims had visible signs of trauma.
"Investigators are talking with neighbors in the area, seeing maybe if they saw anything unusual, heard anything unusual, when's the last time they spoke with the homeowners, when's the last time they had seen them out," Smith said.
Deputies said they do not believe there is a threat to the public in connection with this case.
An autopsy was performed Thursday, and Coroner Kent Dill said the couple was brutally killed, with both of them dying from, "multiple sharp force injuries."
"They both had very serious injuries," said Dill. "This was a terrible crime. This was something that none of us would expected to have happened to this family in this location."
Investigators said they are not leaving any stone unturned, which includes revisiting a recent report filed by Helen Wells after someone used her bank card without permission.
Deputies said Helen Wells filed a report about identity theft Sept. 19 after she said the her BB&T account had been compromised and fraudulent charges had been made against the account.
Smith said they are bringing in the white collar crimes investigator, who was working on the identity theft case, to work with the violent crime investigators to see if they the incidents are related.
The identity theft investigation is still open, deputies said.
"These are good people," said Dill. "These are people that had been an asset to this community for many years. Mister Wells had retired from John D. Hollingsworth and raised his family right there in this house. His daughters both grew up there."
Investigators said they will remain at the house until they can determine who killed the couple. While they said they cannot talk about any suspects or persons of interest, they said they had leads.
Smith said anyone who may have noticed anything unusual in the area early Wednesday morning should call Crime Stoppers at 864-23-CRIME (864-232-7463).
Gary and Helen Wells are survived by two daughters and grandchildren. Their funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.
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