COLUMBIA, SC (AP) – State Police released the 911 call on Thursday where a distraught lawyer reported he found his wife and son shot dead in their South Carolina home six weeks after the murders still unresolved.
The seven-minute 911 call didn’t include much new information about the deaths of Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and her son Paul Murdaugh, 22. They were shot and killed several times on June 7 outside the family’s home in Colleton County. No arrests were made.
Alex Murdaugh immediately identified himself on the 911 call and told the operator that “his wife and child were shot” near the kennels on his property.
“I’m up to it now. It’s bad, ”Murdaugh said.
During the 911 call, dogs could be heard barking in the background and Murdaugh sounded deeply upset and agitated. He repeatedly told the operator that neither his son nor his wife was breathing.
The operator asked Murdaugh if something was out of place. There was a brief pause before he replied “Not particularly, really. No ma’am.”
Murdaugh said he found the bodies after returning home after visiting his sick father for several hours.
Murdaugh is a member of a prominent legal family in the southern part of South Carolina. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all elected lawyers in the region but are no longer in office.
Colleton County MPs asked the state’s Law Enforcement Division to resume the investigation within hours of the shooting. The state police released little information. Heavily drafted police reports and the 911 call were only published after The Post and Courier newspaper filed a lawsuit claiming the agency was breaking state law on open cases .
State agents did not name any suspects or persons of interest, nor did they publicly clear anyone.
The Murdaugh family are offering a $ 100,000 reward to anyone who provides information leading to the killer’s conviction and the state’s Law Enforcement Division continues to promote a 24-hour intelligence line for the ‘case at (803) 896-2605.
At the time of his death, Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial on a charge of navigation under the influence causing death in a February 2019 accident that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach. Whether local law enforcement attempted to obstruct the investigation into the death of a boat is also being considered by state officials.
State wildlife officers recently released documents from their investigation into the boat crash, which included statements from nurses at the hospital where Paul Murdaugh and others on the boat were taken.
Nurses said Alex Murdaugh and his former prosecutor father came to the emergency room and tried to talk to everyone on the boat. Two nurses said Murdaugh was taking a close look at a tip staff are using to track patients.
A nurse said she told Alex Murdaugh to stay in her son’s room or leave the hospital and asked a security guard to watch him.
Investigators were trying to find out who was operating the boat. They didn’t find out it was Murdaugh until weeks later.
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