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Murder victims identified

COVINGTON — Authorities have identified the man and woman murdered Tuesday morning at a Tempie Lane residence as 66-year-old Peggy Molden and her nephew, 56-year-old Donald Eugene McCullough.

Autopsies were performed on the two victims Wednesday morning at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Keith Crum. Both victims were shot, but Crum declined to reveal the type of weapon used in the murders.

Investigators returned to Tempie Lane Wednesday morning to continue their search for clues in the two murders.

"They are still doing interviews," Crum said of investigators Wednesday afternoon. "They went back out to the scene and did a sweep of the outside grounds in the daylight and did a sweep of the neighborhood again in case they missed anything the first two times."

Crum said a murder weapon has not been found.

The bodies of the woman and her nephew, who was wheelchair-bound, were found inside the woman’s house at 108 Tempie Lane, off Ga. Highway 162, after Newton EMS was called to the scene in response to medical alert call.

EMTs reportedly attempted to enter the house through the door but were unsuccessful. When they walked to a window to look inside the EMTs saw the McCullough's body. They climbed inside and discovered Molden's body in another room.

Crum said the Sheriff’s Office had not yet determined a motive in the shootings.

“It looks like there were some items missing from the house, but it will take more investigation to figure out what (the motive) was,” Crum said Tuesday.

He added that it did not appear that the house had been entered by force and that officials had not identified any suspects in the case.