RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (WSAV) – Investigators have identified the two individuals found dead in a Richmond Hill home Thursday, stating that the incident appears to be a murder-suicide.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), a preliminary investigation indicates 62-year-old Larry Rankin, 62, shot his wife, Susan Rankin, 58, and then turned the weapon on himself.
“Preliminary autopsy results confirm the finding, but the final report has not been released,” the GBI statement reads. The agency did confirm earlier that there was “no sign of a home invasion” at the residence on Osprey Drive.
A neighbor told News 3 her daughter heard several gunshots early Thursday morning at the home of the Rankins and their son.
“At about 6, 6:30 a.m. this morning, she heard several gunshots in succession,” Jennifer Washington explained. “It paused, and then she heard one more, and then it went silent.”
She said law enforcement showed up to the home around 9:30 or 10 a.m.
Washington, who has lived in the area for two years, described the family as “nice people.”
“They’re really nice. They give gift baskets to the kids on holidays, and they stayed to themselves,” she said.
Washington added that she saw the son Wednesday, and he seemed “a little bit mad.”
“He came over a little irritated. I think they have a strained relationship, a little bit, with the father and the son. But I don’t know how bad it is,” she said.
The GBI said Friday “the cause of the incident and dispute” between the Rankins has not been confirmed or determined.
Their investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the case can call the GBI Statesboro office at 912-871-1121.
Contributions to this story made by Lewis Levine, Coastal News Service