The Union County Sheriff’s Office says it has few leads as it continues to investigate a double homicide discovered over the weekend.
Sheriff David Taylor said the bodies of 59 year old Charles Parker and 51 year old Gretchen Parker were found shot and stabbed to death in their home in Jonesville Sunday.
“We don’t have a lot of leads at this time,” Taylor told reporters Tuesday. “We’re still asking the public: if they know anything, if they’ve seen anything around this residence at 2809 Furman L. Fendley Highway, to call us.”
Taylor said deputies discovered the bodies after a concerned neighbor called 911 around 8:40 p.m. Sunday night. The neighbor told officers that he repeatedly knocked on the Parkers’ door that day, but no one ever responded. Taylor said deputies discovered the bodies in the living room, guarded by several dogs. The sheriff said there were no signs of a forced entry into the home and that nothing appears to be missing.
An autopsy on Monday found Charles Parker had several stab wounds and had been shot twice. Gretchen was shot once in the chest and also had multiple stab wounds.
The Parkers do have a minor criminal record. Union County court documents show both were indicted in 2012 on a charge to distribute a Class II narcotic. However, the 16th Circuit Solicitor’s Office later dropped the case.
Authorities believe the couple may have died sometime Sunday, but say the case remains under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Union County Sheriff’s office at (864) 429-1611 or Crimestoppers at (864) 427-0800.