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UPDATE: Elderly Couple Identified in Apparent Murder-Suicide

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BEAUFORT, S.C. -

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The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says they are investigating an apparent murder suicide in the Dale area of Beaufort County.

Deputies say they responded to a home on Island Road around 7 Thursday night in reference to a welfare check. Reports show that the couple's son asked authorities to check on them after he was unable to reach them for several days.

There they found, 80-year-old Jeanette Chinn and her husband 81-year-old Brian Chinn un-responsive in their bedroom. The couple, along with their dog, were all pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies say the investigation points towards a murder suicide and there is no evidence that a third party was involved.

A firearm was also recovered at the scene and both victims appeared to have sustained a single gun shot wound.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Investigator Cpl. J. Malphrus at 843-255-3426 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.

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An elderly couple is dead following an apparent murder-suicide.

The couple, whose names have not been released, were found dead at a residence on Browns Island Road in the Dale area of Beaufort County, Coroner Ed Allen told News 3.

Allen says the deaths were reported by neighbors around 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

The couple had not been seen or heard from in several days.

Allen could not disclose how the couple died but said they are being transported to the Medical University in Charleston for an autopsy.

Allen said the couple were 80 and 81 years old.

Their names have not been released pending notification of next of kin.

Stay with News 3 for updates.

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