Coroner identifies couple found dead in Gaston home

Published: Sep. 19, 2016 at 11:30 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2016 at 4:49 PM EDT
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Home where the bodies of a man and a woman were found Monday afternoon. (Source: WIS)
Home where the bodies of a man and a woman were found Monday afternoon. (Source: WIS)
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Lexington County coroner has released the names of the couple found dead Monday afternoon in a Gaston home.

Lexington County deputies said the bodies of a man and a woman, both in their late 50s, were found dead inside a home in the 100 block of Stapleford Court at about 5:20 p.m. when they were making a welfare check at the residence. The request for a welfare check came from someone who lives near the couple.

Tuesday Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the couple as Max Alan Smith, 59, and his wife, Priscilla Ann Smith, 58.  The causes of their deaths have not been released and autopsy results are pending.

"It's one of those situations where a neighbor knew that because they had not been seen in their usual amount of time or in what would be a customary amount of time that he wanted a call in just to be sure and have somebody check on them…so that's what brought about the call and that's what initiated our response here this evening," said Capt. Adam Myrick.

Detectives from the Lexington County Sheriff's Department's major crimes unit and crime scene investigators are working the case, as well as the coroner's office.

Investigators would not say whether the deaths are suspicious or if they are searching for anyone else possibly involved.

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