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Service of Remembrance and Hope to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of Blue Ridge Savings Bank Triple Murder in Greer

FBI Columbia May 13, 2013
  • Public Affairs Specialist Denise Taiste (803) 551-4200

David A. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in South Carolina, advises May 16, 2013, will be the 10-year anniversary of the unsolved triple murder/bank robbery of the Blue Ridge Savings Bank (BRSB). Beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Greer City Park Amphitheater, there will be a service of remembrance and hope commemorating 10 years of dedication to the victims and continued commitment for justice. (In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at the Greer First Baptist Church sanctuary at 202 West Poinsett Street in Greer, South Carolina.)

For background, on May 16, 2003, at approximately 1:30 p.m., the BRSB at 330 East Frontage Road in Greer, South Carolina, was robbed by one or more unknown subjects. After arriving on the scene, officers with the Greer Police Department discovered three deceased individuals who had succumbed to gunshot wounds. The victims were subsequently identified as BRSB employee Sylvia S. Holtzclaw (Greer, South Carolina) and two customers, James E. and Margaret Barnes (Boiling Springs, South Carolina).

Law enforcement authorities are seeking information regarding a red vehicle, possibly an Oldsmobile Alero and Chevrolet Impala, which may have been in the area at the time of the robbery. Authorities are also seeking information on the identification of an unknown individual, shown in the sketches on the related flyer, who allegedly was in the bank just prior to the crimes.

Hundreds of leads have been pursued by law enforcement in efforts to arrest those responsible. The public is urged to call their local FBI office (803) 551-4200 with any information concerning this case.

For more information on the service of remembrance, please contact

  • Greenville FBI Office for Victim Assistance, (864) 232-3807
  • Greer Police Department Victim Assistance, (864) 416-0095

- Seeking information flyer concerning the 2003 murders and bank robbery