Woman stabbed to death

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Husband charged in death

By Chris Sardelli

Crossing through a thicket of weeds and overgrown brush, investigators swarmed a Lancaster home where a woman was found stabbed to death Monday morning, Oct. 28. 


John M. Ghent, 54, 2615 Home Place Lane, was arrested for murder shortly after deputies discovered the body of his wife, Elaine Ghent, 54, inside their home, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Deputies responded to the couple’s home about 7:30 p.m. after receiving a report someone had been killed inside the residence, the release said. 

Home Place Lane is adjacent to Campbell Lake Road and off Camp Creek Road between the Camp Creek and New Cut communities.

“We responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call,” said Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw. 

When they arrived, deputies found the victim dead in a bedroom, the release said. Investigators say she was stabbed.  

After searching the home, deputies also found John Ghent on the kitchen floor, the release said.

Shaw said John Ghent had injuries resulting from a fight with another family member who found the victim’s body. 

Within minutes, deputies had strung yellow crime scene tape around the home and investigators had arrived at the scene. 

Vans belonging to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office and the sheriff’s office crime scene investigation team were seen parked near the home, and at one point, Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield was also seen near the crime scene. 

On Monday evening, Sheriff Barry Faile said John Ghent was not seriously injured, but was still recovering in a undisclosed hospital. 

Faile did not know the motive for the crime.

“The reason he did it, I couldn’t tell you, but apparently they were arguing about something when it happened,” Faile said. 

There are no other suspects sought in the case, he said. 

A bond hearing had not been held Monday, though Faile expects Ghent’s bond will be denied due to the murder charge. 

Faile commented on the violent nature of the crime Monday evening. 

“Incidents of family violence are especially tough to deal with and our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Ghent’s family,” Faile said. 


Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416