Police identify Indian Harbour Beach couple in murder-suicide
INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, Fla. – The husband of the couple involved in Thursday's murder-suicide made the 911 shortly before his death, Indian Harbour Beach police said.
Friday, Police Chief David Butler identified William and Marilyn Dawson as the couple found with gunshot wounds at their home in the 900 block of Bluewater Drive. An autopsy is being done on the couple, but police said the findings should match up with the conclusion that the incident was a murder-suicide, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.
The phone call from the home was made at 1:16 p.m. Thursday. The caller, who police believe was William Dawson, asked for a welfare check at the home, but hung up before providing more information, police said.
Officers discovered Marilyn Dawson, 74, dead with an apparent gunshot wound inside the home. They found William Dawson, 76, on the back porch with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Paramedics took the man to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, where he died, police said.
Next of kin have been notified by police about the couple's deaths.
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