The untimely death of 42-year-old father Jason Murph and his six-year-old daughter, Michelle has left many questions unanswered.
The untimely death of 42-year-old father Jason Murph and his six-year-old daughter Michelle has left many questions unanswered as authorities investigate the circumstances that led to their demise, Meaww reported. Despite a coroner attributing their deaths to hypothermia, the events leading to the on Dec. 16 tragedy remain unclear.
Calhoun County Coroner Donnie Porth attributed their cause of death to hypothermia, although autopsy results were inconclusive. Despite a lack of evidence pointing to foul play, the circumstances surrounding their deaths remain a mystery.
Porth suggested that, despite temperatures above freezing, the elements played a role in their tragic end. “It wasn’t below freezing by no means, but because of the wind and the rain, they become extremely cold, and I think it became an urgency for them to try to find help and try to find shelter,” stated Porth.
Surveillance footage captured Murph’s truck at an Exxon station an hour before the last conversation with his estranged wife, placing it near Lavender Lane, close to Interstate 26, where the vehicle was discovered. The coroner believes the vehicle became stuck in the mud, leading to the unsuccessful attempts to free it, sparking a grass fire.
“I feel like they were walking together, and unfortunately, he is being heavier than she is, he sank into the mud, and the more you struggle, the deeper you go,” Porth, told News19
Despite their estrangement, Murph’s wife and he were jointly caring for Michelle, who had been under her father’s care for at least two weeks before the tragedy. Concerns arose when the mother heard Michelle crying in the background and was unable to reach Murph. Texts to call 911 went unanswered.
Family members expressed their grief and confusion over the tragic incident, with Jason Murph’s cousin, Quentin Murph, expressing regret for not being able to provide support during their time of need.
The investigation is ongoing as authorities seek clarity around circumstances leading to the father and daughter’s tragic end on the South Carolina roadside.
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Source: Black Enterprise