|Man, estranged wife found dead in Lee St.
Police suspect murder-suicide
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Nov. 13, 2005 -- A local couple were found dead inside a Lee Street residence just after midnight Friday by police.
An initial investigation turned up evidence which led police to believe the cause of the deaths to be gunshot wounds resulting from a murder-suicide.
The names of the couple were being withheld Saturday morning by police as the investigation was still in its early stages, and several family members had still yet to be notified of the deaths.
Police were contacted shortly after mindight Friday by an individual expressing concern for the welfare of the female victim. Officers, upon entering the Lee Street residence of the deceased male, found the bodies of both the man and his estranged wife inside, according to David Gilmore, an investigator with the Sulphur Springs Police Department.
The pair are believed to have died of apparent gunshot wounds. The bodies of the man and woman have been sent to the Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas, where an autopsy has been ordered for each to determine cause of death.
Although police are treating the case as a possible murder-suicide, investigators have not ruled out the possibility of a double homicide. The final determination will be based on the medical examiner’s findings and the outcome of the pending investigation.