Bodies identified in Sumter Co. death investigation

2 Found dead in ongoing investigation
Sumter Co. Deaths Identified

SUMTER CO., GA (WALB) - A death investigation is underway in Sumter County, according to Coroner Greg Hancock.

Hancock said Delia Ann Law, 69, and her sister, Bernice Goodman, 83, were found dead in the 400 block of Flintside Drive on Monday.

The coroner said he was called in around 11:10 a.m.

Law and Goodman were found at the scene, according to Col. Eric Bryant with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

The original call to dispatch was that someone saw a woman on the porch with a weapon and she was unresponsive, Bryant said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Sumter County Sheriff's Office is on the scene of a death investigation in the 400 block of Flintside Drive. (Source: WALB)
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Sumter County Sheriff's Office is on the scene of a death investigation in the 400 block of Flintside Drive. (Source: WALB)

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to assist, according to Terry Howard, Region 3 special agent in charge.

The call came in at 10:30 Monday morning, according to Bryan Smith, assistant special agent in charge.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call of a deceased person, Smith said.

After a preliminary investigation, Smith said, the sheriff’s office requested GBI assistance. Both agencies are examining the scene and doing interviews.

Many community members told WALB they’re in disbelief after the sisters were found.

“It’s just a shock,” said Bryan Bentley, Lakeview Baptist Church pastor. “I think everyone’s just speechless and don’t know what to say.”

Bentley said the news has devastated his congregation.

This is a developing story and we will update as more information becomes available.

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