An incident at a country club that left a golf pro dead turns out to have been a triple homicide, police said Sunday.
Two more bodies were found in the bed of a white Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck that was left on the green at the Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, Georgia, WSB-TV reports. Few details have emerged about the incident that occurred around 2:20 p.m. on Saturday, and authorities have not released any motive.
“We are truly heartbroken to hear about the senseless murder that took place yesterday at Pine Tree Country Club in Georgia that took the life of PGA member Gene Siller,” Professional Golfers' Association president Jim Richerson said in a statement. “PGA of America sends our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy to his family, club and the Georgia PGA Community.”
The Cobb County Police say Siller, a 41-year-old who was a director at the club, was killed Saturday when he walked to the 10th hole and tried to speak to a man in a white vehicle. Siller was pronounced dead at the scene from an “apparent gunshot wound to the head.”
While the unnamed suspect immediately fled the scene, it wasn’t until Sunday evening that investigators revealed that a man named Paul Pierson was also found in the bed of the truck left on the green. Another unidentified person was also found shot to death in the truck.
“Both males suffered apparent gunshot wounds,” Cobb County Police Officer Shenise Barner told the Marietta Daily Journal. “One of the males was identified as Paul Pierson, the registered owner of the Ram 3500. The other male has not yet been identified but is believed to be of a Hispanic race.”
It is not clear if the two men were tied to the club or to Siller. A GoFundMe for Siller, who had competed regularly in Georgia's PGA Section golfing tournaments since 2007, describes him as a married father of two.
“All of us at the GSGA are deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred earlier today at Pinetree CC. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gene Siller’s family and friends,” the Georgia State Golfing Association tweeted on Saturday.