Suspicious deaths are murder/suicide, says Coroner
Two bodies found Dec. 20 and Dec. 21 appear to be a murder suicide.
Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet said the bodies of Lynda Craver Pages, 61, of Summerville and her son, Bertrand Francis Pages, 31, of North Carolina were found about a mile apart. Lynda Pages was found in her home Thursday night with a gunshot wound to the head. Bertrand Pages was found Friday in his vehicle with a self inflicted gunshot wound, according to Nisbet and Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office officials.
Bertrand Pages vehicle was in a parking lot about a mile from his mother’s house, Nisbet said.
“This appears to be a murder suicide, but at two different locations,” Nisbet stated. “It is unclear at this time, why this murder/suicide happened and is still under investigation by the DCSO. This is a very sad time for this family at what is suppose to be a joyous time of the year. My heart goes out to this family and their friends.”?DCSO was already investigating the death of Lynda Pages as a homicide when a second body, later identified as Bertrand Pages, was found.
According to a DCSO incident report, officers were dispatched to a home at 151 Brandywine Drive, in the Ashborough East subdivision, at about 8:20 p.m. Dec. 20 in reference to an unresponsive female. When they arrived, they spoke to the complainant, Jonathan Pages, of Sarasota, Florida, who said he found his mother in her home slumped over a puddle of what appeared to be blood.
Jonathan Pages said he and his brother, 30-year-old Bertrand Francis Pages were planning to spend Christmas with their mother and he had spoken to her on the telephone the day before, on Dec. 19 around 9 p.m. and she had told him that Bertrand Pages had just arrived at the home, according to the report.
No one else was at the home when Jonathan Pages arrived and found his mother, according to the report. A friend of the victim arrived while investigators were at the residence; she was supposed to meet the victim for dinner and knew nothing of the situation at hand, according to the report.
Police found a spent shell casing on the living room floor.
A neighbor reported seeing a dark colored SUV parked at the home on Dec. 19 but noticed nothing unusual or out of the ordinary. Both he and his wife reported hearing a loud boom from the victim’s house around 8 p.m. Dec. 19, but did not see anything out of the ordinary. The neighbor said he noticed her rear garage door ajar the next morning but thought nothing of it. In fact, when he saw it was still open when he returned from work, he shut it for her, he said.