SLED opening criminal investigation into the 2018 death of housekeeper who worked for the Murdaugh family

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COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division says it is opening a criminal investigation into the death of a housekeeper who worked for the Murdaugh family. Officials say Gloria Satterfield died on February 26, 2018, and it was the death certificate listed the manner of death as “natural.”


Gloria Satterfield
Courtesy: Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Home

SLED says they are opening this investigation after a request from the Hampton County Coroner’s Office as well as information gathered during other investigations of Alex Murdaugh. Coroner Angela Topper says that a “Petition for Approval of a Wrongful Death Settlement” in the Court of Common Pleas stated that Satterfield died as a result of injuries from a trip and fall accident. The coroner says Satterfield’s death was not reported to them at the time, and an autopsy was not performed. Coroner Topper says listing the cause of death as “natural” is inconsistent with a trip and fall accident.

SLED says they will also investigate the handling of Gloria Satterfield’s estate.

The investigation announcement comes on the same day that Satterfield’s family filed a lawsuit alleging that Murdaugh never delivered on a settlement agreed to, following her death.

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