The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is investigating reports of two deceased persons at the Magnolia Park Apartments, located at 2133 Vandivere Road in Augusta.

From Coroner Mark Bowen:

“The Coroner’s Office is investigating the death of two people found dead at Magnolia Apartments on 2100 Vandivere Road.  Sarah Douglas, 72 years old was found dead in her apartment in one building and Patrick Barnhardt, 61 years old was found dead in his apartment in another building.  Both deaths are being handled as a suspicious death at this time. Both bodies have been sent to the GBI for an autopsy.

Douglas was pronounced dead at 1430 hrs and Barnhardt was pronounced dead at 2:15 p.m. Barnhardt and Douglas were friends, but unsure at this time how or if the deaths are connected…..”

This investigation is in its early stages, according to authorities.

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