By Dan Tordjman
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COLUMBIA, SC -- Columbia police are investigating the deaths of a young couple found naked on a city street after apparently falling four stories from a rooftop.
The man and woman, 21-year-old Brent Tyler and 21-year-old Chelsea Tumbleston, were both servers at Wild Wing Cafe in Columbia's Vista. On Wednesday night, the restaurant closed early.
We found a sign on the door saying Wild Wing would be closed until lunch Thursday so employees can mourn the loss of their co-workers.
Shortly after 5am Wednesday, authorities say a taxi driver found the two nude bodies on Laurel Street between Gadsden and Assembly streets in downtown Columbia. Police Chief Dean Crisp said it appears they fell from the roof of 1812 Lincoln Street.
The roof is pyramid-shaped metal, likely slick on a damp morning. The two were alive when found but were pronounced dead after being taken to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital.
McCants says the preliminary investigation appears to show the couple died accidentally. She says there were no indications of foul play.
Clothing was discovered on the roof, about 50 feet above the street. The incident happened near the Old Chamber of Commerce building in downtown Columbia near Finlay Park.
An eyewitness account was given to police by a homeless couple sleeping in the garage that night. Autopsies were scheduled for Thursday.
Naked Couple Fall 50 Feet From Rooftop To Their Deaths
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