Garner police investigate possible murder-suicide

GARNER, N.C. (WTVD) -- Garner Police were called to a house in the Hunter's Mark subdivision Saturday morning to make a welfare check. Inside, officers found two people dead.

The bodies were discovered at a home in the 300 block of Hay River Street. Police are investigating the cause of death as a murder-suicide.

Police are not yet identifying the victims. According to neighbors who spoke with ABC11, a husband and wife lived in the house. They said it had been a few days since the husband and wife had been seen.

Just before 10 a.m. Saturday, someone called 911.

"I was calling because I was hoping I could maybe get someone to do a wellness check with me," said the caller.

The caller went on to tell dispatchers, "It's been actually a week since we've actually heard or seen anyone actually coming from his house. Um, there's no tire tracks."

Not long after the bodies were found, Police Chief Brandon Zuidema joined his officers on scene.

"Homicides or death investigations in the Town of Garner are rare. They certainly occur, but they're not a regular occurrence," said Zuidema.

Annetter Wooten lives right next door to the house where the bodies were discovered.

"It's unbelievable you know. I guess that's the first thing everyone will say about their neighborhood," said Wooten.

She said the couple that lives beside her is mostly quiet. She also said she hadn't seen them since the winter storm earlier in the week.

"I don't remember the last time I saw him, but I think it was like Sunday when I saw her taking the trash dumpsters to the street," said Wooten.

Like many folks living in the Hunter's Mark neighborhood, Wooten is anxiously waiting to learn who was found and what lead up to their deaths.

"It leaves you wondering, you think the neighborhood is a little safer than this," said neighbor Joe Sulenski.

Neighbors told ABC11 the couple has a 19-year-old son who is a freshman this year at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The investigation is ongoing.

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