BAMBERG, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina say a couple found dead in a state park were both shot in the head.
Bamberg County Coroner Billy Duncan says 35-year-old Janis Quintero Natos and 38-year-old Jamell Reggie Carter were both killed by someone else.
Duncan told The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg that it appears the couple was killed on Dec. 12, the same day they were last seen at their Bamberg home.
Authorities say their bodies were found Jan. 4 at Rivers Bridge State Park in Bamberg County. The park commemorates an 1865 Civil War battle.
The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the deaths and says no arrests have been made.
For nearly a month, the Bamberg County Sheriff's Office investigated a rare missing persons case for their area with help from state officials.
Jamell's aunt, Davena Carter, told local media in December she was there the night they left and never came back.
“I was actually laying in the living room when he left that night he had got a phone call, they walked out the door, I heard him ask his girlfriend where those keys at and she gave him the keys and they both walked out the door and I never saw them again.”
She said it was around 11:30 p.m. at night and she had no idea where they went, but the last place their phone records pinged was on River Bridge Road in Ehrhardt, South Carolina, where her brother-in-law worked.
Janis and Jamell had a 13-year-old daughter and a 9-month-old baby.