WASHINGTON: An American man has died of a “cardiac event” in his backyard in South Carolina while burying a woman he strangled, local authorities said.
Authorities responded to reports of an unresponsive man in the city of Trenton and found 60-year-old Joseph McKinnon dead, Edgefield County Sheriff Jody Rowland and county coroner David Burnett said. in a statement released by local media on Tuesday.
“McKinnon had no signs of trauma and natural causes were suspected,” the statement said.
“While the death was being investigated and relatives notified, a second body was located in a newly dug well. Patricia Ruth Dent, 65, of the same address, apparently died of foul play.”
Dent was found tied up and wrapped in garbage bags in the pit. Autopsies confirmed the causes of both deaths.
Evidence and witness statements indicated that McKinnon attacked Dent at his home.