Fatal Connection: Arson, Murder, Suicide

Two dead in Greer apartment, third in car at Wellford

Roger Davis
September 18, 2018 - 11:05 pm

Investigators suspect the discovery of a man's body in a car parked at a home on Broad Street in Wellford Tuesday afternoon is  linked to the investigation of a double murder in Greer.  That case came to light shortly before noon when firefighters were called to Poplar Place Apartments in Greer.  The bodies of a man and woman were discovered in a second-floor apartment where firefighters put out a small fire described as "suspicious."  The Greenville County coroner's office is investigating the deaths as homicides saying both victims "showed signs of trauma."

The Spartanburg County coroner's investigator says "preliminary evidence suggests" the death of the officially-unidentified man found in the car at Wellford "was self-inflicted."  He had reportedly lived at the apartment complex where the couple had died, possibly as long as 24 hours before they were found. 

This is the Greer Police Department's official report:

Officers with the Greer Police Department were called to Poplar Place Apartments to assist the Greer Fire Department after they located two deceased individuals inside an apartment. The Greer Fire Department initially responded to an apartment fire this (Tuesday) morning at 11:28 am. Upon the Fire Department’s arrival, they made entry into the apartment, to extinguish the fire and after the fire was eliminated two deceased individuals were located inside the apartment. The fire was contained to one second floor unit at the apartment complex. The initial caller reported hearing a “loud boom” and then saw smoke coming from a dryer vent. Both the fire and the deaths appear to be suspicious in nature. This incident is in its infancy stages and is being investigated by the Greer Police Department along with SLED arson investigators and the Greenville County Coroner’s Office. There is no further information that is able to be released at this time. Lt. Patrick Fortenberry said “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased individuals.”

SLED is investigating the apartment fire as probable arson.  All identities are being withheld for now.

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