UPDATE: Woman and her father found dead in Helena

Police investigating after two people found dead in Helena
Police investigating after two people found dead in Helena(WBRC)
Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 7:28 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2022 at 10:18 PM CST
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HELENA, Ala. (WBRC) - Helena Police are conducting a homicide investigation after two people were found dead in a home on Wednesday afternoon.

The Shelby County Coroner identified the victims as 40-year-old Sharon Tarwater Whited and 75-year-old Chester E. Tarwater Jr.

Police say Whited and her father were found dead in a home on Piney Woods Drive. Authorities say there are other family members that live in the home but they were not at the home at the time of the incident. So far, no word on how the victims died, but police say foul play is involved.

Family members tell WBRC that Chester Tarwater’s 12-year-old grandson is who discovered the two victims. Sharon was his aunt and caretaker. Family members said Sharon was the mother to two girls and had adopted her two nephews after her brother passed. They also told us Sharon and her father had a very close relationship.

Authorities say they do not believe this was a random act. Police also say they’ve spoken with several neighbors and other family members as well in this investigation.

Police have identified a person of interest in this investigation as 41-year-old John Peyton Scott III. Police say Scott lived in the residence, but they do not believe he is a threat to the public. Officers said Scott may have information about the deaths.

John Peyton Scott III
John Peyton Scott III(Facebook/John Peyton Scott III via Helena Police)

Helena Police believe John Peyton Scott III is driving a 2020 Ford Eco Sport.

Helena Police believe person of interest is driving this SUV
Helena Police believe person of interest is driving this SUV(Helena Police)

The case is being investigated by the Shelby County Major Crimes Task Force. Officers said they will continue to work diligently to find the person responsible for the deaths.

Helena Police on investigation into double homicide

If you have any information in this investigation contact Detective Michael Nelson 205-663-6499 or email


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