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Coroner: Woodruff couple found dead in what appears to be murder / suicide

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WOODRUFF, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Spartanburg County coroner said Thursday he is investigating a murder/suicide that occurred in Woodruff, along with the Woodruff Police Department.

Coroner Rusty Clevenger said the investigation began when Woodruff Police received an alert from Greenwood County deputies. A man in that county reported receiving a troubling text from Malcolm Barnes.

Clevenger said police went to a home on Millen Drive and found Barnes, 63, and his wife, Caroleen Powell Barnes, 65, dead inside just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

The man and wife both died from gunshots to the head.

“This case appears to be a murder/ suicide domestic based on evidence gathered,” Clevenger stated in an email.”

The coroner said there appeared to be no danger to the community and no charges have been filed.


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