Death of Elderly Visalia Couple Likely Murder-Suicide

Death of Elderly Visalia Couple Likely Murder-Suicide

VISALIA – Police are investigating the deaths of an elderly couple in their 70s discovered over the weekend as a murder-suicide.

The man and woman have been identified as Norman and Carol Davis, both 77 years old. They were found dead in their home located in the 2700 block of West Elowin Court in Visalia on Sunday.

Police received a 911 call around 11:15 a.m. Sunday in which a male caller, believed to be Norman Davis, made a reference to the dispatcher stating “murder suicide.” The man confirmed his address on West Elowin. The dispatcher then heard a gunshot in the background and the phone went silent, according to authorities.

Officers arriving on the scene discovered two dead bodies in the bathroom of the home, later identified as Norman and Carol Davis. The Visalia Police Department’s Crime Lab Unit and Violent Crimes Unit were called to the scene to try “to determine the cause of death and the circumstances of the death,” said Sgt. Kevin Kroeze with the Visalia Police Department.

The police department has not released any information regarding the cause of either death, but it did indicate that a third party is not suspected in the deaths. “There are no outstanding suspects that we’re aware of or that we’re concerned about. We do not believe there is any danger to the community at all,” Kroeze said.

Detectives found a handwritten note inside the couple’s home that was left for family members. Authorities said that the note indicated that health issues may have been the motive behind the deaths.

Read more:

ABC 30: Police: Elderly couple left note in Visalia murder-suicide

ABC 30 (Initial coverage): Two 77-year-olds found dead in a Visalia home

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