The bodies of Marshall Wayne Hendricks, 20, Mark Wayne Hendricks, 52, Matthew Wayne Hendricks, 23, and Linda Ann Burns, 64, were found Friday.
The victims were all related.
Mark Wayne Hendricks was the father of Marshall and Matthew. Burns was the step-grandmother of Matthew and Mark, according to Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley.
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a possible suicide around 6:30 a.m. Friday morning. Medic 3 and Liberty Fire and Rescue were on the scene checking on the victims when deputies arrived.
Upon arrival at 236 Pinedale Road, officers were met by the 911 call, Evelyn Burns, who told police that her entire family was dead.
Officers observed “a significant trailed of blood” after entering the home, according to a Pickens County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Deputies then observed the body of Matthew Hendricks in a right, rear bedroom of the home. He had an apparent gunshot wound to the head.
A handgun was found on a bedside table near
Matthew Hendricks, the report said.
Linda Burns was found in the right, front bedroom of the home. EMS told police she had been shot in the torso.
According to the report, the large amount of blood that trailed through the living room originated in the bedroom where Burns was found.
Shell casings were found in a closet of that same room, the report said.
Evelyn Burns then told officers she had family in a nearby home, 304 Pinedale Road.
She said all the commotion should have awakened them and that she was worried about their well-being.
The bodies of Marshall and Mark Hendricks were then discovered in the 304 Pinedale Road residence. Father and son were both dead of gunshot wounds.
Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley said all four victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
She said Marshall and Mark Hendricks resided at 304 Pinedale Drive, while Matthew Hendricks and Linda Burns lived at 236 Pinedale Drive.
Kelley’s office, the Sheriff’s Office and the State Law Enforcement Division are still investigating the death deaths.
Assistant Sheriff Tim Morgan said “it’s too early to tell” whether or not the crime was a murder/suicide.
“Cases like these where there are no witnesses, or at least no witnesses have come forward yet, it takes a lot of forensic work, blood work, ballistic work,” Morgan said. “That kind of stuff takes time. You have to wait for the results of autopsies, and the blood work, but you do things methodically and you do things by the book. We wish things would happen faster to answer all these questions but it doesn’t happen that way.”
Morgan said SLED was called to assist the investigation because of the size of the crime scene.
“We knew it was going to be an extensive crime scene,” he said. “It was two different crime scenes.”
SLED was able to assist in the collection of forensic evidence from the scenes, Morgan said.
“Even with their forensic team teaming with ours, it was an-all day process going through the house,” Morgan said, adding that the crime scene wasn’t released until Sunday.
Until ballistics tests results come back, Morgan said he could not comment on if more than one weapon was involved in the shootings.
The 236 Pinedale Road residence was the site of a 2006 homicide.
Susan Hendricks, the sister of Evelyn Burns, told investigators she shot Doyle O’Brine “Brian” Teague, 39, of 133 Pinedale Drive, on April 13, 2006 after he repeated entered the residence uninvited and threatened her, according to Sheriff’s Office incident report and a report from Kelley.
No charges were filed against Hendricks, Morgan said.