BRUNSWICK, GA. | Police found an older couple and a young male dead inside a house Sunday afternoon after worried friends came to their house to check on them after they missed church, police said.

 

The three bodies were found inside the house by officers who did a welfare check at the request of church members, Brunswick Police Chief Kevin Jones said at the scene in the 2200 block of Wolfe Street.

“They called us because they didn’t come to church,” Jones said. “They never missed church.”

Jones described the dead as an older man, an older woman and a younger man, and said the officers who entered the house found evidence of foul play.

“We backed out and called the GBI,” he said.

Although police declined to identify the victims, neighbors said it was an elderly couple who were rearing a grandson.

Ronnie Lewis was on his girlfriend’s porch directly across the street from the modest but well-kept gray house surrounded by police tape. Lewis said he was there when some church members came to the house.

“An elderly woman said she had knocked on the door and rung the bell,” and got no answer, Lewis said. “She asked me to knock on the windows.”

Others at the house said the victims’ car hadn’t moved on Sunday morning and they hadn’t seen anyone outside the house for a couple of days. Lewis said he also noticed the air conditioning wasn’t running when he went to the house, which he found strange given the early afternoon heat.

Police closed the block to traffic and set up two canopies in the street to work under.

About 5 p.m., Jones said investigators had not yet began gathering evidence inside and he expected their work to continue late into the night. He said officers from the Glynn-Brunswick Narcotics Enforcement Team canvassed the area, but Brunswick detectives and the GBI would handle the investigation.

Jones said the block had long been a problem for police with drug trafficking and violence.

The house was just six doors down from where a man was shot to death over the Christmas holidays while his two children were inside the duplex on the corner of L and Wolfe streets, where he lived.

The neighboring blocks have been relatively crime-free, he said.

Neighbors sat up chairs in the road in the shade of trees and watched the officers work. Many of the porches were full of people and grills smoked for Fathers Day gatherings.

The crossing streets north and south of the block were lined with the vehicles of the curious.

A distraught Cynthia Pinkney sat in a pickup that her son, Kevin, was driving.

She said the three victims attended Zion Baptist Church, where the woman sang in the choir.

“She had a good voice. She sang at a funeral a week ago,” Cynthia Pinkney said.

“That is so bad. That is so pitiful. Those people were so sweet,” she said.

“Those people weren’t bothering anybody,” her son said.

She said the couple lived good lives in what many believe is a bad neighborhood.

“It ain’t where you live,” she said. “It’s how you live.”

Terry Dickson: (912) 264-0405