Man, his mother and aunt found dead in SC home identified

Three found dead inside Clover home

CLOVER, S.C. (WBTV) - Three people found dead in a home in Clover, SC, have been identified as a man, his mother and her sister, according to the York County Coroner.

Officials say they were conducting a wellness check at a home on Griggs Road Wednesday when they discovered the three people - a man and two women - dead.

On Friday, the coroner identified the man as 45-year-old Thomas Gardner. The two women found were Gardner’s mother, 69-year-old Susan Gardner, and her sister, 77-year-old Ruth Allred.

The coroner said Thomas Gardner died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It is unclear, the coroner said, when or how Susan Gardner and Ruth Allred died. They are waiting on autopsies to be completed for more information.

The sheriff’s office tweeted about the investigation just before noon on Wednesday, stating that Griggs Rd. would be closed between Hwy 55 and Courtland Drive.

“It is unusual and that’s why we’re taking our time to make sure we fully investigate this case and make sure we find out exactly what happened, and why on a quiet Clover road, three bodies have been found deceased,” Trent Faris with the York County Sheriff’s Office said.

Neighbors reacted to the discovery Wednesday.

“Oh that’s a lot, oh that’s scary,” neighbor Denise Smalls said. “Just the thought that it happened in my neighborhood.”

From WBTV’s Sky3, multiple investigators could be seen around the home. Several areas on the property were taped off.

Anyone with information about the investigation should call York County Crime Stoppers at 803-628-5868.

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