15-year anniversary arrives without justice for 3 murdered in Greer bank

Blue Ridge bank triple homicide (file/FOX Carolina)

After 15 years, the investigation into the slaying of three people inside an Upstate bank remains unsolved.

On May 16, 2003, investigators say a robber entered Blue Ridge Savings bank near I-85 and gunned down a teller, Sylvia Holtzclaw, and two customers, James and Margaret Barnes.

Holtzclaw wasn't supposed to work on the day of the gruesome crime, but agreed to fill in for another employee. Her son, David Holtzclaw, took her to lunch just over half an hour before the panic alarm at the bank was triggered.

The person responsible for their deaths has never been brought to justice.

On the 10th anniversary of the triple homicide, the FBI released a sketch of a man they say was at the bank moments before the shooting. They also released a surveillance image of a red car they believe may have belonged to the killer.

Emmerson Wright, a man who investigators said shot and killed himself after high-speed chase in Georgia in 2005, was named a person of interest in the case.

Greer police also said in 2016 that serial killer Todd Kohlhepp's confession to the Superbike Motorsports quadruple homicide in 2003, just six months after the deadly robbery, "piqued our interest" in connection with the bank investigation.

Anyone with information about the 2003 triple homicide at Blue Ridge Savings Bank is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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