Thursday, August 03, 2000

Butler Co. couple found dead

Police suspect murder-suicide

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ST. CLAIR TWP. — Authorities think an elderly man killed his wife and then himself Wednesday morning.

        Dead are William Warren, 73, and Betty Warren, 67, in an apparent murder-suicide, officials said.

        Butler County Sheriff's Maj. Anthony Dwyer said police were investigating whether medical problems may have been a factor. Police said they were unaware of any discord in the home.

        A neighbor found that Mr. Warren had apparently hanged himself in a barn in the 2000 block of Wayne-Madison Road, and called the Butler County sheriff's office at 10:09 a.m.

        The couple lived in the 1900 block of Wayne-Madison, and when authorities confirmed Mr. Warren was dead, “We went to notify the wife and found her dead,” said Butler County Coroner's Investigator Andy Willis.

        Mrs. Warren was found lying on the bedroom floor.

        Mr. Willis said she was a victim of an apparent homicide, but he said the manner of her death was being withheld until investigators can substantiate that Mr. Warren — and not some other assailant — caused his wife's death.

        Both appeared to have been dead a few hours before they were found, Mr. Willis said.

        Autopsies are scheduled today.

        No further details were available Wednesday.


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