Coroner: Mother, son dead in apparent murder-suicide

The home where Lynda Page was found murdered (Lia Sestric/WCIV)

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- Officials believe a woman found dead in her home and her son found dead a mile away at a restaurant is a murder-suicide.

Dorchester County Sheriff's deputies responded to a home on Brandywine Drive in Summerville Thursday night for reports of a death.

According to the incident report, a man arrived at his mother's home and found her "slumped over on the couch in her living room with blood on the floor at her feet." Also found on the floor of the living room was a shell casing.

The report says the victim, 61-year-old Lynda Craver Pages, was cold to the touch. According to a coroner's report, the woman had a gunshot wound to her eye.

The son said he and his brother were planning to spend Christmas with their mother and that he had spoken to her Wednesday night around 9 p.m. The report says she told him his brother, Bert, had just arrived at the house.

When the woman's son arrived at the home and found his mother dead, he called 911, telling the dispatcher that "his other brother may have done it, due to problems he knew his brother was having," according to the coroner.

Neighbors told deputies that they saw a dark colored SUV parked in the victim's driveway and around 10 p.m. Wednesday night they heard "a loud boom" but didn't see anything out of the ordinary.

Neighbor Roy McMillan says folks are in disbelief.

"It's a bit of an upscale neighborhood, you just dont expect anything like this to happen."

Steve Register lives directly across the street from Pages home and says the family kept to themselves.

At 9 a.m. Friday, the missing son, 31-year-old Bertrand Pages, was found dead in his vehicle at the Chili's parking lot, about a mile away from his mother's home. The coroner surmised that the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nesbit said the cases are linked and appear to be a murder-suicide, but a motive is unclear.

"This is a very sad time for this family, at what is suppose to be a joyous time of the year. My heart goes out to this family and their friends," Nesbit said.

An autopsy will be conducted on Bertrand Pages Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, Nesbit said.