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Arnold mother, son apparently beaten to death

Submitted - Bonnie Broadwater was found dead in her Arnold home late Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Also discovered in the home was the body of her son, Lance Holt.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Bonnie Broadwater was found dead in her Arnold home late Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Also discovered in the home was the body of her son, Lance Holt.
Submitted - Lance Holt was found dead in an Arnold home late Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Also discovered in the home was the body of his mother, Bonnie Broadwater.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Lance Holt was found dead in an Arnold home late Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Also discovered in the home was the body of his mother, Bonnie Broadwater.

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Double homicide

Police are asking that anyone who saw or spoke with Bonnie Lee Broadwater or her son, Lance Holt, in the past few weeks to call them. Arnold police can be contacted at 724-339-9663 or 911. Westmoreland County detectives can be reached at 724-830-3949.

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Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, 10:02 a.m.
 

Detectives are trying to learn why an Arnold mother and son were beaten to death.

Bonnie Lee Broadwater, 46, and Lance Holt, 22, died from blunt force, Westmoreland County District Attorney John W. Peck said Tuesday.

Their bodies were found Thursday night in a house at 1535 Third Ave., where they had lived since spring. Broadwater and Holt were dead several days before their bodies were discovered on the home's first floor, just feet from the front door.

On Tuesday, Peck said county detectives and Arnold police are looking for people who were in the house in the days before the two were killed and those who otherwise had contact with Broadwater or Holt.

“Detectives are making good progress identifying friends and associates and acquaintances in order to determine who may have a motive to kill,” Peck said.

“We had a productive weekend. But even though we're making progress, we're still looking for anyone with information,” explained Arnold police Chief Willie Weber.

“However trivial it may seem to you, if you saw them with someone, or know something, call us. It might turn out to be very important to us,” Weber said.

Police haven't provided any theories about why the pair were killed.

“Robbery hasn't been ruled out. Nothing has been ruled out,” Peck said.

County Coroner Ken Bacha said Broadwater's relatives have been notified, and the county will allow the bodies to be released to a funeral home when the relatives contact them with arrangements.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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