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New details in case of bodies found in garage

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

New details have been released in the deaths of a man and woman found shot to death inside a Gadsden Street garage Tuesday night.

Investigators are still working to determine who is responsible for the deaths.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified the female as Anne Jervey, 60, of 2224 Gadsden Street, and the male as Robert Galphin III, 50, of Amherst Avenue.

Watts said the autopsies conducted Wednesday show that Jervey and Galphin died as a result of complications of a gunshot wound.

The incident report says Galphin's body was found in the passenger seat of Jervey's SUV, with a gun in his lap and a gunshot wound to the head. Jervey, the homeowner, was found outside the driver's side door slumped over on the ground. She had been shot once.

Police say Galphin was reported missing by his wife on Sunday. She and other relatives told authorities they had not heard from Galphin since mid-September and were concerned about his well-being.

A Columbia police investigator went to 2224 Gadsden Street on Tuesday while investigating the missing persons case.

After being given permission to enter the home, the investigator discovered the bodies inside the garage and called for additional officers to assist with the case.

Police have not yet said who may be responsible for the killings or what the motive may have been.  The coroner's office says it's waiting on forensic evidence that could be returned as early as next week before making a ruling in the case.

Jack Fletcher and his wife Jeanette have not only worked for Anne, they've seen her through good times and bad, when she recently lost her job.

"She said, 'I'm just so depressed. I don't know how I'm going to pay the mortgage on the house, they owe, they're behind on money, and I don't know what we're going to do, Jack, I just feel like the world is fixin' to end on me,'" said Jack.

Jack and Jeanette tried to encourage Anne and her husband who'd recently lost his job.

"She was just steady crying and said that yes, 'I just feel like suicide sometimes,' and Jeannette and I hugged her and said, 'No, don't do that no matter how bad it gets God will see you through,' and I said, 'Don't do that,'" said Jack.

Jack had promised to cut the lawn for free.  Neighbors say recently the drama escalated.  Anne's husband moved out, and it was another man's body found inside the home - Robert Galphin the third. We now know it was the missing person report filed by Robert's wife Gwendolyn, that brought police to the house this week, even Jack had seen her with someone else.

"They just passed us day before yesterday and they were waving at us and I was like, Jeanette were like who that guy is, because we never met him before," said Jack.

Now police are waiting for forensic testing to get a better idea what happened to lead up to the shots fired inside the Gadsden Street home.

Authorities will release additional details about the deaths when they receive the results of the tests.

The Columbia Police Department and the Richland County Coroner's Office continue to investigate.

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