Murder suspect, kidnapped ex-girlfriend found dead in Columbus County home, police say

Murder suspect, kidnapped ex-girlfriend found dead in Columbus County home, police say
Left: Marco Vaught; Right: Rebecca Purry

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WYFF) - Police in Pickens, SC said the search for a man accused of killing a woman before kidnapping his ex-girlfriend ended Saturday when he and his ex-girlfriend were found dead.

Pickens Police Chief Travis Riggs said Marco Vaught kidnapped his ex-girlfriend Rebecca Purry.

Riggs said Vaught shot 54-year-old Claudette Purry during the kidnapping. She later died at a hospital.

Officers said they learned that Vaught and Purry were possibly at Vaught's home in Columbus County, North Carolina.

Columbus County deputies went to the home and attempted to communicate with Vaught for several hours, Riggs said.

Once law enforcement officers entered the home, they discovered Vaught and Purry dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

The incident remains under investigation.

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