American dies of heart attack while burying murdered woman in his yard

Patricia Dent was murdered by Joseph McKinnon. ©   Facebook

A South Carolina man was found dead Saturday morning in his yard, where he was burying a woman he had just murdered. He had strangled the woman, local authorities said on Tuesday. The man himself died after a heart attack.

Bron: Belgian

Wednesday 11 May 2022 at 17:52

“Sixty-year-old Joseph McKinnon was found dead in his yard Saturday morning and his body showed no signs of violence, he died of natural causes,” the sheriff said in a press release distributed to local media. An autopsy revealed that he died of the heart attack.

During the investigation into his death, another body was found in the garden. It concerns the body of Patricia Dent, a 65-year-old woman who lay in a recently dug grave in the garden. The autopsy performed on that body indicates a death by strangulation.

Authorities say McKinnon assaulted Dent inside the home, tied her up after strangling her, and stuffed her into garbage bags before placing her in a freshly dug grave. McKinnon had a heart attack while trying to re-cover that grave with soil.

It is unclear why the woman was murdered. The investigation continues.