An Effingham County couple was found shot to death at their Holly Drive home Monday morning in what investigators say may have been a murder-suicide.Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wiggins family.
Sheriff's spokesman David Ehsanipoor said deputies responded to the home at 161 Holly Drive, off U.S. 80 in the southern portion of the county, about 10:40 a.m. on a report of gun shots.
When deputies arrived, they found the body of Irene Margie Wiggins, 61, in the home's backyard and that of her husband, Robbie Wiggins, 65, inside the home.
Ehsanipoor said each had died of a single gunshot wound.
Robbie Wiggins' body was found just inside the back door of the home. A .357-caliber revolver was found in the general vicinity of the body, Ehsanipoor said.
Family members gathered near the house Monday, answering questions for investigators.
"It's a senseless, heinous crime," Kimberly Norton, daughter of Margie Wiggins, said. "My mother was the greatest."
Update: the deaths have been confirmed as a murder-suicide.