Couple found dead in Marion County murder-suicide identified

Neighbors heard shotgun blasts, according to deputies

Published On: Aug 29 2013 07:36:35 AM EDT   Updated On: Aug 29 2013 09:31:09 AM EDT
Couple dead in murder-suicide
SUMMERFIELD, Fla. -

Marion County deputies are investigating a murder-suicide involving a husband and wife.

Deputies tell Local 6 neighbors in the Stonecrest subdivision in Summerfield heard shotgun blasts near the couple's home on Monday.

Two days later, a group of neighbors decided to check on the couple because mail was building up in their mailbox and no one had heard from them. Neighbors discovered the couple's bodies, identified on Thursday as 74-year-old Elmo Hines and 77-year-old Doris Hines, when they looked inside the home.

Deputies say they have limited information but do know that Elmo Hines checked his wife out of her assisted living facility on Friday.

The sheriff's office's Special Investigations Bureau has taken over the murder-suicide investigation.

Stay with Local 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this developing story.