Person of interest in couple's disappearance commits suicide

March 12, 2008
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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say the man named as
a person of interest in the disappearance of a Hilton Head Island
couple appears to have committed suicide.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says the body of Dennis Ray
Gerwing was found by his lawyer around 4 p.m. in the bathroom of a
resort condominium unit his company manages.

Gerwing left behind two notes that are being examined by state
agents, said deputies, who refused to release the contents of the

An autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow. Authorities called
the death an apparent suicide, but would not disclose any other

Deputies said the 54-year-old Gerwing was named a person of
interest earlier today and was not cooperating with officers
investigating the disappearance last week of John and Elizabeth

Investigators searched Gerwing's home, office and vehicles
Saturday. Police would not say what, if anything, was found.

The Calverts live part time on their 40-foot yacht, the Yellow
Jacket, at Harbour Town marina on the island. Elizabeth Calvert
also works as an attorney in nearby Savannah, and the couple own a
home in Atlanta.

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