Police said he died of a heart attack while burying the woman he drowned in a man’s garden.

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  • A man died while burying a woman in his backyard, according to South Carolina officials, WJBF.
  • Police said autopsy results showed that the woman had drowned and that the man had suffered a heart attack.
  • Police say they think the man killed the woman and buried her in a ditch when she died.

A man died of a heart attack while burying the body of a woman he strangled in his backyard, according to South Carolina officials.

Edgefield County Sheriff Jody Rowland and County Coroner David Burnett said in a joint statement Tuesday that lawmakers were dispatched to a residence on Tanglewood Drive in Trenton, South Carolina, on May 7, following reports of “a man lying unresponsive in his garden”.

The statement was originally published by WJBF.

The statement said authorities found the body of 60-year-old Joseph McKinnon, who died of natural causes upon arrival.

Lawmakers found another body nearby, wrapped in a plastic bag and lying in a freshly dug pit, according to the statement.

Authorities said the body was identified as 65-year-old Patricia Dent, who resided with McKinnon. The relationship between McKinnon and Dent is unknown.

The autopsy results, released on Monday, determined that McKinnon died of cardiac arrest and Dent died of suffocation, the statement said.

“The evidence gathered at the crime scene and the testimony of witnesses helped investigators establish a timeline and led us to believe that Mr. McKinnon attacked Ms. Dent while she was inside their home,” the county sheriff and coroner said in a statement, according to WJBF.

“Mr. McKinnon then tied him up and wrapped him in garbage bags before placing him in the hole that had been dug earlier. The hole was later partially filled by Mr. McKinnon. While covering the hole, Mr. McKinnon suffered a heart attack and caused his death.”

The Edgefield County Sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.