Couple found dead in home

  • Friday, January 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Officials work the scene after two bodies were found in an apartment off Dorchester Road on Monday.

At approximately 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30, Dorchester County deputies responded to 343 B Dorchester Manor Boulevard for a welfare check.

Upon investigation two deceased individuals were discovered inside the residence.

Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet announced Tuesday that the individuals were a 32-year-old male Du Xuan Dao, and 27-year-old female Mong Thuy Thi Doan. The coroner says, according to reports, that they both died of single gunshot wounds to the head on Christmas Day and it was a murder-suicide.

Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputies were previously dispatched to Dorchester Manor Blvd., in North Charleston on Dec. 14, for a disturbance. Arriving at the scene the deputies noticed the keys to the front door were hanging in the lock. Announcing themselves as they knocked on the door, a female came running telling them that the subject – Du Xuan Dao, 32 – was in the back room. Deputies located Dao and placed him in investigative detention. They observed his hands were wet.

The female told deputies that they had gotten into a verbal altercation. She said he did not answer the door when deputies knocked because he was in the back bathroom flushing “crack” down the toilet. Deputies observed in plain sight, two glass smoking pipes in the bottom of the toilet. Dao was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The investigation into their deaths is ongoing.

According to DCSO Chief Investigator Lt. Tony Phinney, more will not be released until Thursday in order to notify family members here and in Vietnam.


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