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Update: Family friend discovered bodies in Elizabethton double shooting

October 28th, 2013 2:02 pm by John Thompson

Update: Family friend discovered bodies in Elizabethton double shooting



ELIZABETHTON — The Elizabethton Police Department is continuing the investigation into the death of a man and woman at 1508 Garden Road on Sunday.


Melissa Griffin, 43, and Michael Griffin, 49, were found dead from apparent gunshot wounds when police arrived on the scene at 1:52 p.m. The deaths were discovered by a family friend who stopped by the residence and discovered the bodies.


Investigators spoke with neighbors, friends and relatives over the past two days. It is believed the incident occurred at the home around 3 a.m. on Sunday. A nearby resident told investigators about hearing a sound that could have been gunshots at that time.


Chief of Police Greg Workman said a weapon was found and all rounds were also found. He said there is no evidence of any other parties involved in the shootings and no missing pieces of evidence.


Workman said the evidence has been sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime lab. The shooting remains under investigation.


Workman said the tragedy includes the two teenage children, a boy and girl, who have been left without parents as a result of the deaths.

An earlier version of the story

ELIZABETHTON — Police confirmed this afternoon that a couple died from gunshot wounds Sunday in their Garden Road residence, saying a gun was found in the house and neighbors had heard gunshots early that morning.


Capt. Joy Markland reported that there was no indication that anyone else was involved in the shooting deaths.


A family friend stopped by the residence of Melissa Griffin, 43, and Michael Griffin, 49, 1508 Garden Drive, and discovered the bodies. Police were called just before 2 p.m.


After speaking with neighbors, friends and relatives, police said the incident likely occurred between 3 and 3:30 a.m, Sunday. A nearby resident reported hearing a sound that could have been gunshots around that time.


Police found evidence that multiple gunshots had been fired inside the home. Police also found the firearm. 

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