Real Name: Sylvia Holtzclaw, James Barnes, and Margaret Barnes
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Date: May 16, 2003
Location: Greer, South Carolina
Details: On Friday, May 16, 2003, bank teller Sylvia Holtzclaw was the only bank teller at Blue Ridge Savings Bank when customers James and Margaret Barnes entered. Unfortunately they weren't alone for long.
The panic alarm was pressed by Holtzclaw at 1:30pm which signaled police of a burglary in progress at the bank. The police arrived to find Sylvia, James, and Margaret dead by gunshot wounds. Authorities believed that the motive was robbery and immediately investigated the case.
Despite their best efforts, the senseless murders of the three people are still unsolved.
Suspects: A witness saw an unidentified man at the bank shortly before the robbery/murders. He was described as 5'6"-5'8", 230 pounds, 50-53 years old and had short, blond hair. A red car fled from the bank after the murders and was never identified.
Extra Notes: This case was uploaded to the Unsolved Mysteries website on November 7, 2014. The person interviewed in the video is Sylvia's son, David.
Results: Unresolved. A convicted bank robber named Emmerson Wright is considered a suspect in this case. A few weeks before the murders, he stole a red Alero from a rental car company nearby. A similar car was seen on surveillance video shortly before and after the murders. Wright used a .40-caliber Glock in several of his crimes; this same type of weapon was used in the murders. However, Wright committed suicide in 2005 after fleeing from police. He was never charged in this case.
Some of have speculated a connection between this case and the Superbike Motorsports Murders which occurred just thirty miles away in November 2003. Todd Kohlhepp has recently confessed to the Superbike murders, and has been formally charged with 4 murders, however, he has not yet been connected to the Blue Ridge Savings murders.
- Sylvia Holtzclaw Memory Facebook Group
- James Barnes at Find a Grave
- Sylvia Holtzclaw at Find a Grave