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Sketches released on 10th anniversary of triple homicide case

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The man the FBI says was at the bank moments before the crimes took place. The right image is a time-enhanced sketch. (Source: FBI) The man the FBI says was at the bank moments before the crimes took place. The right image is a time-enhanced sketch. (Source: FBI)
The type of red car police said was seen leaving at the area at the time of the crimes. (Source: FBI) The type of red car police said was seen leaving at the area at the time of the crimes. (Source: FBI)
Crime scene tape surrounds Blue Ridge Savings bank in Greer after a triple homicide. (May 16, 2003/FOX Carolina) Crime scene tape surrounds Blue Ridge Savings bank in Greer after a triple homicide. (May 16, 2003/FOX Carolina)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

For David Holtzclaw, the thought of the last minutes with his mother never goes away because it's both special and heartbreaking.

"I had taken her lunch and had left and I don't know - 30 or 35, 40 minutes after I left is when the panic alarm went off and you know obviously - the last time that I saw her," Holtzclaw said.

It's hard for David Holtzclaw to talk about it, but when you mention his mother, Sylvia Holtzclaw, he can't help but say something.

"She had so much to offer. Her laugh was just contagious, she always had a quick wit about her," David Holtzclaw said.

Ten years ago, after that lunch on May 16, 2003, a robber shot and killed Sylvia Holtzclaw, a teller at Blue Ridge Savings Bank in Greer. The robber also killed two customers, James and Margaret Barnes. The bank is located on Frontage Road off Interstate 85 and Highway 14.

"Kevin and I lost a mom and the Barnes' kids lost both parents," David Holtzclaw said.

Sylvia Holtzclaw wasn't supposed to work that day, but agreed to fill in for another employee. It's the kind of person David Holtzclaw said his mother was.

"We understand we'll never have complete closure, but finding and hold the people responsible for this at bay for what they've done will go a long way," David Holtzclaw said.

At the time of the robbery and shooting police released a grainy surveillance image of a red car, which they said could belong to the killer. The FBI said it may be an Oldsmobile Alero or Chevrolet Impala.

Police are still calling Emmerson Wright a person of interest in the case. Back in 2005, investigators said he shot and killed himself after a high-speed chase in Georgia. Inside the car they found a stack of fake IDs, weapons and license plates.

"We do get information about him from time to time and we have followed up on that," said Lt. Eric Pressley, an investigator with the Greer Police Department.

"The past year we got a good bit of information that we're following up on and we want more. We don't want to forget the victims and we do want to honor them," Pressley said.

Each year the Holtzclaw family honors Sylvia Holtzclaw with an annual toy drive for children in Greer. David Holtzclaw said she gave so much to the community and hopes now someone will give information that could solve the case.

"We have not lost hope and we want people to continue to talk about it," David Holtzclaw said.

In remembrance of the victims, a remembrance service will be held Thursday at Greer City Park at 1 p.m., 30 minutes before the robbery and triple homicide happened 10 years ago.

Also on Thursday, the FBI released a new sketch of an unidentified man they said was reportedly in the bank moments before the robbery and shootings.

The man seen in the sketches is described as approximately 5'6" to 5'8" tall, weighed 230 pounds and at the time of the incident, he was between 50 and 53 years old, according to the FBI. He had short, blond hair with a touch of gray, and was described as having a clean-cut appearance.

Anyone with information about the bank robbery and triple-homicide is asked to call the FBI office in Columbia at 803-551-4200 or Greer Police Department at 864-848-2151.

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