Bodies of married couple found in Hilton Head Island home

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit at Bryant Park Cottages on Hilton Head Island
Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit at Bryant Park Cottages on Hilton Head Island(WTOC-TV)
Updated: Jan. 29, 2020 at 10:12 PM EST
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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (WTOC) - A husband and wife are dead after they were found in their Hilton Head Island home Wednesday morning. The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office spent most of Wednesday on the scene at Bryant Park Cottages on Bryant Road, just off Spanish Wells Road.

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the home for a wellness check, but instead, they found the dead couple. When deputies got to the home, the doors were locked with no signs of a break-in.

Investigators believe they may have been dead in their home for several days. An initial report from the Coroner’s Office suspected the couple had been in their home since Saturday, Jan. 25.

The couple has been identified as 39-year-old Michael Klesh and 33-year-old Sophie Klesh.

“They had not been seen in a few days according to witnesses and the person that called to report the health and welfare check,” Major Bob Bromage with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office explained.

Jermaine Owens owns a towing company at the Business Center and said the Kleshs also had a business there that they opened less than a year ago. The couple had just married last April, according to the Chief Deputy Coroner of Beaufort County.

News of their deaths spread quickly between the other businesses.

“I was at my job at the business center when some other neighbors texting that they found our neighbor in the house this morning and I was shocked,” Owens said.

He said all the interactions he had with the couple were pretty typical, and that they were kind people.

“I know they just got married, so they just got married and they’re just nice people that came from up north and they, had a nice little sports car that I towed for them. We had a conversation about vehicles and stuff like that and like I said, very nice people. I’m surprised that this happened.”

The sheriff’s office said they were the only two people who lived in the home , and the cause of death wasn’t clear. According to the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office, the causes and manners of their deaths were not apparent to forensic pathologists during the autopsy.

Investigators say a toxicology report will be sent out since the forensic autopsy did not give any indication into the cause of death. Those results will come in in the next four to five weeks.

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