SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Two former Nine Line Apparel employees have died following an apparent murder-suicide on July 12, police say.
According to the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport Police Department, on July 12 around 5 p.m., police were alerted to the body of a deceased person, later identified as 28-year-old Madalyn Coulter, found inside a vehicle in the rear parking lot of the DoubleTree hotel on Yvette J. Hagins Drive near the airport after searching for her for hours.
Further investigation revealed that Coulter died as a result of being shot in that location. Airport police then requested assistance from the Savannah Police Department in the investigation.
Coulter was also a former employee at Nine Line.
Police identified the suspect as Zachary Scalf, 41, who later died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Scalf drove to Nine Line Apparel warehouse and shot himself in the parking lot of the business.
According to sources, Scalf was formerly an employee of Nine Line Apparel for approximately 7 years.
Nine Line Apparel CEO Tyler Merritt released the following statement regarding the incident:
“Nine Line isn’t just a business or a team; we’re a family, bound by similar values and a shared commitment to those who serve in the nation’s uniform. That makes the news of the tragic loss of two friends, veterans, and former employees all the more difficult to process. While we struggle to understand and search for answers for what led to these awful events that cut these lives short, our hearts and prayers go out to their families.”
Scalf and Coulter were both veterans and worked with each other from 2018 to 2020 at the warehouse. Currently, Scalf’s picture and bio is still on the website.
Police later found messages between Scalf and Coulter discussing meeting at a location that they had talked about in an earlier phone call. The location was not mentioned in the texts.
That same day, Scalf posted on his Instagram saying he was battling person demons and “there’s certain things you can’t come back from.”
This is a developing story and will be updated with details.