UPDATE: 2 Found Dead Near Textile Plant
UPDATE (9/2/14): The Greenville County Coroner's Office has released the autopsy findings of two men found dead at the Hollingsworth plant early Friday morning, August 29th.
Autopsy results show 53-year-old Richard Thomas Ellison of Greenville died of shotgun wounds to his head and abdomen. Sixty-five-year-old Bobby Wayne Wood of Pelzer died of a shotgun wound to his head. Both were killed by homicide according to the coroner's office. Click here for more.
The Greenville County Coroner's Office has released the names of the two men found dead at the Hollingsworth plant. 53-year-old Richard Thomas Ellison of Greenville, and 65-year-old Bobby Wayne Wood of Pelzer were both killed by homicide according to the Coroner's Office, but the cause of death is still pending while the autopsy is ongoing.
Both men were security guards at the plant, Ellison since 1998 and Wood since 1967. The plant has been closed for years, but is manned by security guards 24-hours a day. Deputies believe their deaths may have happened during a shift change. Dispatchers tell local media outlets they got a call about a shooting at around 3:40 a.m. Friday, from a newspaper delivery woman. The caller said she found two bodies on the ground just outside the plant, near the security guard stand.
The company released the following statement about the two men: "We are deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred in the early hours of August 29th, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Bobby W. Wood (employed since 1967) and Richard T. Ellison (employed since 1998) were exemplary, longtime associates of Hollingsworth on Wheels. Words cannot express our sorrow. We are actively working with authorities on the investigation." - James W. Terry, President, Hollingsworth Funds, Inc.
Investigators are requesting anyone with information or that may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area during the overnight, please contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 23-CRIME.