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Potential witness sought in double-homicide investigation

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Deputies release a sketch of a possible witness seen around the time of the Wells' deaths. (Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office) Deputies release a sketch of a possible witness seen around the time of the Wells' deaths. (Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office)

Deputies have released a sketch of a possible witness and hope someone can identify the man who may have been seen in the area at the time of a Greenville County couple's deaths.

Greenville County deputies said the man seen in the sketch may have been in the area and may have information relating to the deaths of 78-year-old Gary Wells and his wife, 77-year-old Helen Wells, in their Terramont Drive home Oct. 2.

The Wells' bodies were found in their home the morning of Oct. 3.

Deputies said the possible witness is not considered a suspect but is someone who could have crucial information. The unidentified man was seen by one of the other witnesses in the neighborhood.

"We're going to follow every lead possible to bring this case to trial and bring justice to these victims," said Master Deputy Laura Campbell, with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Following the autopsies, Coroner Kent Dill said the couple was brutally killed. They both died from "multiple sharp force injuries" and their home was ransacked.

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"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."

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.

In the 911 call that was released Monday, the caller told dispatchers the front door of the home was open and a knife was found next to Helen Wells' body.

Deputies continue to search the couple's home for clues and investigate their death.

"It just takes time and we do not want to missing anything in this case," said Campbell. 

Campbell said while it is unclear who this person is or why the Wells were killed, deputies insist there is no threat to the public.

"We don't believe the public is at risk here, we believe this is a crime committed by someone who was familiar with this couple," said Campbell.

Earlier in September, Helen Wells filed an identity theft report after money was missing from a bank account. Smith said they are working to see if the incidents are related.

The couple's funeral was held Monday at Taylors First Baptist Church.

Deputies ask anyone who can identify the witness or may have seen something out of the ordinary on Oct. 2 or 3 to call the Greenville County Sheriff's Office non-emergency line at 864-271-5210 or Crime Stoppers at 864-23-CRIME.

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