Dave Molter’s breath to his stricken wife Corrine during CPR would be his last.
Police in South Carolina say an elderly couple was found dead by a caregiver in their Lake Wylie home on Monday when there was no response at the door.
Dave Molter, 84, was found on top of his wife, Corrine, 83. It didn’t take long for investigators to determine what took place: the man gave his last breath to his dying wife, to no avail. At some point, while trying to revive her, Molter died, citing a report from WSOC.
Brandy Williams, a caretaker hired back in May to look after the seniors, said she visits the home three times a week. On her first trip to the home during the work week, she became alarmed when there was no response at the door when she arrived. Because the Molters were in advanced age, she grew concerned, and managed to force the door open.
Inside, she was horrified to find the lifeless bodies of the couple. But even she knew Dave likely died while trying to help his wife regain her breathing. To her, his attempt to save his wife’s life, and losing his own in the process, defined the love they had for one another.
“Just being there and seeing it with my own eyes. It’s like true love like no other. It’s the kind you see in movies, not the kind you see in real life. They were just wonderful people. I’ve never met anybody like that in my life. I think they helped me more than I helped them. They helped my heart.”
Williams recalled how Molter labored over the idea of losing his wife, and from their frequent conversations; it was apparent Dave Molter is the kind of man who would give his last breath to his spouse.
“He told me he didn’t know what was worse, watching someone he’d loved for so long die, or the silence if she wasn’t there. They had the kind of love you see in the movies, not the kind you see in real life.”
Dave Molter’s wife was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, so it was necessary that she be under constant surveillance to prevent injuries to herself and others; she often wandered the neighborhood aimlessly.
A resident in the settled community told reporters about how the woman often walked through the woods, but she was never alone because everyone in the neighborhood pitched in to help the man look after his wife.
“He was real proud of that house. I’ve known them 30 years. They were wonderful people,” said Neighbor Chris Porter.
Dave Molter’s breath to his wife isn’t surprising to locals. He loved her so deeply and often followed her close behind in his car when she took her walks.
Molter was a longtime member of the Steele Creek Masonic Lodge, and he brought her to meetings and gatherings, which was not an issue with fellow members. It was clear his wife was his whole life, and it would likely be hard on him if she passed away first.
Williams became close to the couple in a special way. She enjoyed their company and marveled at their love for one another that she refused to take on additional clients.
She talked about how they had plans to spend Thanksgiving together, and held back tears while recalling their time together. However, she found solace when thinking about how they spent life to the very end together.
“I’m glad they’re together, and I know that he wouldn’t want it any other way,” she said.
Dave Molter took his final breath while trying to revive his wife, and police do not suspect foul play. Therefore, no autopsies will be ordered.
The Molters are survived by siblings in Maryland and Florida, a daughter, who resides in North Carolina and a son in Hawaii.
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