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‘There is blood everywhere.’ Realtor found 2 bodies in Chapel Hill home

Pictured is the 442 Deming Road home in Chapel Hill where two bodies – a mother and her son – were found Thursday.
Pictured is the 442 Deming Road home in Chapel Hill where two bodies – a mother and her son – were found Thursday. tgrubb@heraldsun.com

A 911 call released on Monday reveals more details about an elderly Chapel Hill woman and her son found dead in their home last week.

In the call, a Realtor said she walked into the house and found two bodies on the floor in the master bathroom.

“I just saw them lying there,” she said. “There is blood everywhere, and I just screamed and ran out the door.”

The Chapel Hill Police Department confirmed that Margaret Montgomery Gibson, 86, and Eric Dana Gibson, 53, were found dead inside the home at 442 Deming Road.

There were no signs of forced entry into the home, and police have said there is no threat to the community.

Baylor Gibson III said Friday that the Realtor found his mother and his brother.

“We are all deeply shocked and saddened,” said Gibson, 66, of La Crescenta, California.

He and Eric were two of Margaret Gibson’s five children, he said. Eric Gibson graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, his brother said. The family had once lived in Evanston, where the five children graduated from high school.

“He stayed with his parents all his life,” Baylor Gibson said of his brother. “Unfortunately, he had some psychiatric issues. And those were a problem for him.”

Baylor Gibson said he isn’t sure what happened.

“The police simply said it was violent,” he said.

He doesn’t know if his brother was involved, he said.

“Nobody knows yet,” he said. “The police are investigating that.”

Baylor Gibson said he spoke with his mother last week.

“She was quite healthy,” he said. “She would get up and go run and walk around the neighborhood for about half a mile or so every morning.”

County records show Margaret Gibson bought the Chapel Hill property in 2001. Her husband of 62 years, retired U.S. Marine Col. Baylor Gibson Jr., died in 2012.

Baylor Gibson Jr., served in three wars – World War II, Korea and Vietnam – and flew fighter-bombers in the latter two, his son said. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, where Margaret Gibson will be buried too, her son said.

Margaret Gibson was involved with local historical societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, and sang in the choir at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill, he said.

The four-bedroom, two-bath home, located on the corner of East Franklin Street, had been on the market for more than a year, a neighbor said. Local real estate companies list it for $650,000.

Virginia Bridges: 919-829-8924, @virginiabridges

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