LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala.-- An elderly Lawrence County couple was found dead at their home early Thursday morning, at their home off Highway 36 and County Road 209 in Speake. Not a lot is known about the case at this time, but the Lawrence County Sheriff's office is treating it as a double homicide.
Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell has identified the couple as Bill and Carol Gilliland.
Sheriff Mitchell said they have more questions than answers. The only thing that is for sure is that the husband and wife have been deceased for at least a couple of days. They have no cause of death at this time, and they really can't even tell when they died.
Sheriff Mitchell said the wife's body was found in the backyard, and the husband's in the kitchen, around nine Thursday morning, after they had failed to pick up medication from the pharmacy.
"We're treating it of course, as a homicide, because we don't really know what it is until we get our forensics back, and then try to find out, piece it back together exactly what happened," he said.
Sheriff Mitchell said at this point they really can't go forward until the autopsies are done.
"We need to know the cause of death, and the approximate time of death to continue, because we're at a point we really need to know why did they die," he said.
Sheriff Mitchell said there were no weapons found at the scene, and they don't think it was a robbery, but they do have cause for concern.
"We see things that are suspicious about it, that we gotta know the answers to, and then we'll proceed in that direction,"he explained.
The couple had no children, and neighbors said they liked to keep to themselves. So, because of their age, and the husband's failing health, one neighbor worried about them.
"We were afraid that they would be found dead sometime, because you know, nobody checks on them," said Bobby McCormick.
The couple was well known in the community, and had lived in Speake for many years.
"They were good neighbors, they were good honest people they sure were," said McCormick.