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Arnold slayings remain mystery

| Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, 1:27 a.m.
Bonnie Broadwater--murdered in Arnold.
Lance Holt--murdered in Arnold

Editor's note: The Valley News Dispatch is updating some of the stories that we covered in 2012. The series, “Whatever happened to ...?” will appear through the end of the year.

Police hope the New Year will bring answers about who killed a 46-year-old mother and her son in their Arnold house in October.

Bonnie Lee Broadwater, 46, and Lance Holt, 22, beaten to death. They were found the night of Oct. 4 inside their house at 1535 Third Ave.

The authorities said the two were dead several days before they were found by a friend knocking on the door. The knocking caused Broadwalter and Holt's two pit bull terrier puppies to push aside the drapes to reveal at least one body.

Police said the bodies were found on the home‘s first floor, just feet from the front door.The county coroner's office said both died from head trauma and both deaths are classified as homicide.

Police said the two were apparently beaten and there was evidence of what District Attorney John Peck said was a “great deal of violence” in the house. He declined to say more on Wednesday.

Arnold police Chief Willie Weber said scientific tests are under way on some items found in the home.

Test results are expected to be available some time after the start of the year.Broadwater and Holt were cremated.

In days after Broadwater and Holt were found, county detectives and police looked for people who were in the house in the days before the two were killed and those who otherwise had contact with the victims.

Police are still investigating.

Police haven't made public any motive or other details.

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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