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Two decomposing bodies found in Augusta home; Coroner calls it ‘suspicious’



Richmond County authorities are investigating two suspicious deaths in the same house believed to be a mother and son.

When the pair missed rent at their residence on the 2000 block of Maryland Avenue, the landlord called Monday afternoon for a wellness check. Authorities found the decomposing bodies of a woman and man in different parts of the house.

“They had been dead for a while,” Coroner Mark Bowen said, adding that it was likely weeks.

The house was being rented by Sue Ann Francisco and her adult son, Robert Francisco, but the identities of the bodies have not been confirmed.

An autopsy has been scheduled to identify them and see whether it was an overdose or other cause. The sheriff’s office is investigating the deaths, according to Bowen.

In an unrelated case, the Coroner’s Office is also investigating a suspicious death on the 1200 block of Derby Lane. The Coroner’s Office responded to the call Monday evening. Telphanie Burgess, 51, was found in her residence. Burgess has been sent to the lab for an autopsy, Bowen said.

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