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The morning after a mother and son from a prominent South Carolina legal dynasty were found shot to death on their family’s sprawling property, a black SUV was towed away from the grounds to the local sheriff’s impound lot. Police are said to be scouring the vehicle for forensic evidence, a local news outlet reported this week.
The bodies of Margaret Murdaugh, 52, and her son Paul Murdaugh, 22, were discovered at the family’s home by husband and father, Alex Murdaugh, shortly after 10 p.m on the night of June 7, on their massive hunting property in Islandton, a remote town an hour’s drive west of Charleston.
This week, the Island Packet reported that on June 8, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office ordered a tow truck to the property, where it hauled away a Chevrolet Suburban. It's not clear who owns the vehicle or if its seizure is linked to the killings. The local news outlet reported that the tow truck driver said that they did not notice any bullet holes in the vehicle. As the Suburban was towed, multiple police units followed as it was brought into the sheriff’s impound lot.
The Island Packet reported that the agency is collecting “any and all forensics” from the crime scene, which includes vehicles that were on the property at the time of the Murdaughs deaths. However, the Suburban is the only one of the many vehicles there, as mentioned in the police report on the killings, that was towed away for search by authorities.
No suspects have been announced by authorities as they continue to investigate the case that has sent shockwaves through the community where the Murdaugh family has worked as prosecutors in the 14th judicial circuit over multiple generations.
In 2019, Paul Murdaugh, then a student at the University of South Carolina, found himself facing three felony counts including boating under the influence after an incident in which 19-year-old Mallory Beach was thrown from a boat he was operating and died as a result; others on board were injured as well.
On a June 17 appearance on "Good Morning America," Paul’s uncles, John Marvin Murdaugh and Randolph Murdaugh IV, said that the young man had been receiving threats ahead of his death.
Last week, the mystery deepened as investigators with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division announced it has opened an investigation into the 2015 death of teenager Stephen Smith, who was found dead on the side of the road in 2015 about 10 miles from the Murdaugh compound. A SLED spokesman said that the department received several tips in the aftermath of Smith’s death linking him to the Murdaugh family.
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