Greenville County Sheriff's Deputies say an elderly couple in Taylors are dead today after an apparent murder-suicide.
Coroners say 70-year-old Don Elliott and 64-year-old Joyce Elliott of East Heathwood Drive were found by a neighbor around 7:30 Thursday morning during a routine health check. Due to the couple's declining health, the neighbor checks on them every day.
Deputies believe those health issues may have been the motive behind the murder-suicide. They say Don Elliott killed Joyce with a gunshot wound to the head, then killed himself by suffocation. They say he did not want to leave his wife to take care of herself if something happened to him.
Neighbors described the Elliotts as a friendly and helpful couple who had lived in the neighborhood for more than 30 years.
Greenville County Coroners performed autopsies on the couple today to determine the causes of death. They estimate the couple died around 10pm Wednesday night.
By: Evan Donovan