Mother, daughter found dead in Aiken County; caller arrested

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Published: Oct. 1, 2020 at 12:53 PM EDT
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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - This afternoon, Aiken County deputies are investigating the suspicious deaths of a mother and daughter at a home in rural Aiken.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded around 11:24 a.m. to 217 Weyerhaeuser Road after a 911 caller told dispatchers he was on the scene of a suspicious death.

At the scene, deputies found two dead females and detained the caller, Guillermo Diaz Jr of Aiken, according to authorities.

The Aiken County Coroner’s Office was called in and identified the two women as Veronica Negrete, 43, and her 23-year-old daughter, Cassandra. Both live in the home at the time.

Investigators say the body of Veronica was located on her bed, and Cassandra’s body was located in a car in the backyard of the home. Both sustained stab wounds and will be autopsied tomorrow morning in Newberry, SC.

Investigators have arrested Diaz and obtained warrants for two counts of Murder. Additional charges are forthcoming. Diaz has not been booked in the detention center at this time due to being treated at an area hospital for lacerations to his wrist.

The investigation is in its early stages and information is limited right now, authorities said.

The agency said that as the case progresses, more details will be released when appropriate.

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