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Man dies while burying woman that was strangled, authorities say

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Posted at 11:03 PM, May 11, 2022

Investigators say a 60-year-old man who allegedly strangled his girlfriend later died of a heart attack while burying her body in their South Carolina backyard.

Edgefield County deputies say authorities found Joseph Anthony McKinnon's body on Saturday after neighbors called and reported an unconscious man in a yard in Trenton. Authorities say as deputies investigated McKinnon's death, they found a body wrapped in trash bags in a freshly dug hole and determined it was his girlfriend, 65-year-old Patricia Ruth Dent.

An autopsy on Dent determined she had been strangled and neighbors told officers they saw McKinnon digging a hole in his yard the day before.

The twin of a slaying victim never saw it coming. And she never could’ve imagined the most bizarre twist: The killer himself dropped dead.

Posted by News 12 NBC 26 on Wednesday, May 11, 2022