GPD: Two dead in Saturday murder/suicide

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

The Griffin Police Department is investigating what officials are describing as a murder suicide.

Officers at approximately 2:05 p.m. Saturday responded to a call requesting a welfare check at 704 Grandview Drive Apartment F4.

Upon arrival, officers of the Uniform Patrol Division were unable to contact anyone at that residence.

After being notified the back door was unlocked and based on information provided by the original complainant, officers entered the residence.

Once inside, officers located the bodies of two deceased individuals who have been identified as 35-year-old Ashley Smith, of Peachtree City, and 36-year-old Darcell Goggins, of Griffin.

The scene was secured, and the Criminal Investigation Division was notified.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for the apartment and have conducted interviews with multiple family members, friends and neighbors.

The crime scene was processed by GPD crime scene investigators and other CID investigators. Officials say multiple pieces of evidence will be submitted to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab.

Authorities say investigators believe Goggins shot Smith and then took his own life.

The investigation is ongoing and active.

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