Grandson find grandparents mysteriously dead inside their home. Police say it’s double murder

Police said a shocking discovery in a quiet Georgia neighborhood was made Monday morning, after a teen found his grandparents dead inside their home.

CBS 46 reports that an 18-year-old found his grandparents, Willard Ron Hess, 70, and Dorothy E. Hess, 72, deceased inside their home off of Southridge Road in Barrow County. According to police, investigators processed both the victims’ home and the grandson’s home for evidence.

“The family member’s residence was processed as a precautionary measure because it was believed there were two scenes involved,” sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Ryan Sears said on Tuesday morning. “The Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted with the processing of the scene.”

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Dan Wilkerson of CBS 46 told CrimeOnline that authorities are considering the victims’ death as a double murder. Sheriff Jud Smith with the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office told Wilkerson that it appeared the coupled “died at the hands of another.”

“At first we didn’t know what we had,  but after digging deeper investigators determined that they had died at the hands of another,” the sheriff said, adding that both victims’ bodies showed signs of trauma.

Judd also indicated that the grandson went back to his home, located directly across the street from his grandparents, after he called 911. Investigators are now waiting on confirmation from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on the manner of death.

No one at this time has been named as a suspect, but Barrow County authorities are searching for information about a black car spotted on security footage in the neighborhood.

On May 20, 2019 at 9:25 am deputies with the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 430 Southridge Road,…

Posted by Barrow County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Anyone with any information is urged to contact the sheriff’s office at 770-307-3080.

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