Couple found dead in murder-suicide

Volusia deputies investigate deaths in Ormond Beach


ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – A couple in their 70s were found dead inside a Volusia County home in a murder-suicide, sheriff's officials said.

Deputies performing a well-being check found the bodies of James Ryals, 73, and his wife, Joyce Ryals, 74, around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday inside a home in the 140 block of East Woodhaven Circle in Ormond Beach.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, a relative in New Jersey called deputies because she was unable to get in touch with them.

Deputies said Joyce Ryals died from multiple gunshot wounds.  Her husband then shot and killed himself, deputies said.

The bodies were found in a bathroom, and two guns and a note were also discovered, deputies said.