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Police, families hopeful to close unsolved robbery triple murder

GREER, S.C. (WSPA) - An unsolved Upstate bank robbery and triple murder is still baffling investigators 15 years later. 

On May 16, 2003, three people were slain at the Blue Ridge Savings Bank in Greer, South Carolina. It was the first triple-murder in the city's history. 

"I've worked many homicides, I've never seen anything quiet like this." Greer Police Department Detective Dale Arterburn told 7News. 

Detective Arterburn has been following the triple murder bank robbery since it happened 15 years ago. Still to this day, he's shaken by what he saw at the former Blue Ridge Savings Bank when 3 people were killed in broad daylight. More than a decade later still no answers. "It still obviously bothers me to this day," Arterburn said. 

The victims Sylvia Holtzclaw, a teller at the time, and Eb and Maggie Barnes were at the bank when the killer entered a robbed the bank. 

Evidence suggest the victims didn't fight back, but the most disturbing discovery was the placement of the victims bodies. 

"So they were moved?" Asked 7News Reporter Stefany Bornman. 

"Yes," Arterburn said. "They were together when they were deceased. We believe it was some kind of execution style." 

Arterburn tells 7News the bank had security cameras, but they've been useless in this investigation.

A client of the bank, who was there prior to the triple murder, did provide police with a description of the suspect. That's how detectives were able to come up with a sketch. Police believe the suspect could have been driving around in a red stolen sedan. It was spotted leaving the bank around the time of the robbery. 

David Holtzclaw, Sylvia Holtzclaw's son, says it doesn't get easier, but he's hopeful someday justice will be served for his mother and the Barnes' senseless death. "You never know what piece of information is going to break the case wide open, so that's my thing." David Holtzclaw told 7News. "That's the person I'm trying to get to everyday is someone who knows something and what will it take for them to come forward." 

Crimestoppers is offering a $2,000 dollar reward for anyone with information that could lead to an arrest in this case. 


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