Sheriff investigates possible murder-suicide

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible murder-suicide that occurred Tuesday evening.

According to a video news release on the sheriff’s Facebook page, deputies were conducting a welfare check at the 100 block of Foothills Lane, just east of New Market, when they discovered two bodies – a 58-year-old woman and a 77-year-old man.

“Our preliminary review of the scene indicates that this may be a possible murder and suicide,” Sheriff Timothy C. Carter stated in the video release. “The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to conduct our investigation and as we have more information available we will release it to the public.”

In a follow-up phone interview, Carter said deputies conducted the welfare check at the behest of the 58-year-old woman’s family, who requested they check in on her.

He added they would not release the names of the victims until the family has been notified.

While Carter declined to share what evidence led him to believe the deaths are a murder-suicide, he said he believes a relationship existed between the two victims. He did not specify the nature of the relationship.

“There’s a relationship of some type. At this point I don’t know the particulars …,” he said.

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