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Coroner: Woman found stuffed in trash can was strangled to death

Brandon Knuckles Courtesy: Gaffney Police Dept. Brandon Knuckles Courtesy: Gaffney Police Dept.
Marjorie Knuckles Courtesy: FOX Carolina Marjorie Knuckles Courtesy: FOX Carolina
GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An autopsy shows an elderly woman was strangled to death before she was stuffed in a rolling trash can.

Chester County Coroner Dennis Fowler said an autopsy Monday morning confirmed 78-year-old Marjorie L. Knuckles of Hetty Hill Street died from asphyxia due to strangulation.

"In addition to being strangled, Mrs. Knuckles sustained other non-lethal bodily injuries caused by beating," Fowler said.  "This is one of the most heinous, disregards for human life cases I have ever seen. The person responsible for this has no conscious."

Investigators say a family friend found Knuckles Sunday morning. The friend came by to check on Knuckles and her mother.

The friend was taking out the trash and noticed the trash can had been moved. Upon opening the lid, the friend found Knuckles' body inside.

On Sunday, Marjorie Knuckles' family was at the home, mourning her loss.

"We'll always remember her beautiful smile, her polite demeanor she always displayed at all times," said Pastor C.A. Wallace, who was a spokesperson for the family. "She was just a beautiful person on the inside and outside."

They said they haven't spoken to Brandon Knuckles, the victim's son, for several days but did say he was a troubled individual, whom his mother had tried to help.

FOX Carolina did a background check on the person of interest and found he had faced one domestic violence charge and several check and card fraud charges in the past.

"She bent over backwards in a lot of ways but he had some issues that we tried to help him with," said Wallace. "I guess it got the best of him."

He said the family is hoping Brandon Knuckles will turn himself in.

"What you've done, you can't undo," said Wallace. "But we're asking to please turn yourself in to the local authorities so we can try to bring some closure to what's happened."

Fowler has not yet released a cause of death and has scheduled an autopsy for Monday.

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