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Tenth Anniversary of Blue Ridge Savings Bank Triple Murder in Greer, South Carolina

FBI Columbia May 16, 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 is the 10th anniversary of the unsolved triple murder/bank robbery at the Blue Ridge Savings Bank (BRSB) in Greer, South Carolina. 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, 202 West Poinsett Street, Greer, South Carolina.

For background, on May 16, 2003, at approximately 1:30 p.m., BRSB, located at 330 East Frontage Road, 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, of Greer, and two customers—husband and wife James E. Barnes and Margaret Barnes, of Boiling Springs, South Carolina.

Law enforcement authorities are seeking information regarding a red vehicle, possibly an Oldsmobile Alero or 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 attached 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 the FBI office in Columbia at (803) 551-4200 with any information concerning this case.