AIKEN -- The deaths of two Aiken County women whose bodies were found burned Wednesday night are believed to be connected, according to Aiken County Sheriff’s Spokesman Troy Elwell.
During an investigation of two unidentified bodies following a suspicious fire Wednesday night, officers found evidence this morning that led them to believe the fire was started to cover both deaths, Elwell said.
The Aiken Department of Public Safety found the body of a woman after responding to a fire on Paddock Bend Lane about 9 p.m. There officers found evidence that connects to a second burned body found off Storm Branch Road, according to Elwell.
Elwell said no suspects or even persons of interest have been named.
The State Law Enforcement Division, Aiken County Sheriff's Office and the Aiken County Coroner's Office are investigating, according to the coroner.
Autopsy results this afternoon determined the deaths to be homicides, the coroner said.
The autopsies were conducted this morning in Newberry SC, cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation. Both white females have not been positively identified.
One is described as a 70-75 year old white female, she was discovered in a residence on Paddocks Bend in Aiken.
The other white female is described as a 25-35 year old, 5'8, 130-145 lbs. with brown hair. She was discovered in a wooded area off of Storm Branch Road in Clearwater.
Both of these women were partially burned making identification complicated. SLED forensics is investigating this case.
Anyone that may have information on these yet unidentified women should contact the Aiken County Sheriff's Office or the Aiken County Coroner's Office at (803) 642-1741 or (803) 645-1707.