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Details emerge in Chapel Hill murder-suicide

Posted January 12, 2018 2:35 p.m. EST
Updated January 12, 2018 6:18 p.m. EST

— Two knives were among the items police seized from a Chapel Hill home where a mother and son were found dead last fall, according to a recently released search warrant in the case.

A real estate agent walked into a home at 442 Demming Road on Oct. 12 and discovered two bodies on the floor of a master bathroom, police said. The bodies were later identified as Margaret Montgomery Gibson, 86, and her son, Eric Dana Gibson, 53.

According to the application for a warrant to search the house, police responding to the real estate agent's call found Eric Gibson on top of his mother's body, and she had cuts and scrapes on her face. Both were covered in blood, and there were bloody footprints in the home, the application states.

Eric Gibson was dressed only in his underwear, while his mother was in jeans and a shirt that had been pulled up, according to the application.

It's unclear from the warrant whether the knives were involved in the case. Police haven't said how the two were killed, and autopsy results haven't been released.

Police also took two laptop computers, documents, towels, clothing and other items from the home.

According to an online listing, the home was for sale for $650,000. According to neighbors, the house had been on the market for more than a year.