A husband and wife are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Norridgewock on Saturday, according to the Maine State Police.
William Hale, 62, and Marie Lancaster-Hale, 58, were found dead inside their Route 2 home Saturday morning, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said in a Saturday news release. The family dog also was found dead.
The Hales and the dog all appear to have died from gunshot wounds. Their bodies were discovered in the laundry room.
McCausland said Hale called the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office just after 7:15 a.m. Saturday to say police would find two bodies at his house, as well as an elderly woman who needed care.
Hale’s 87-year-old mother was in the home at the time of the shooting, but was unharmed and waiting in a car parked in the driveway when police arrived. After Hale shot his wife, he helped his mother to the car before going back inside and shooting himself, McCausland said. Investigators found a shotgun and handgun inside the house.
A family member of the Hales told CBS affiliate WGME that William Hale was caring for his mother following the death of his father three weeks ago. The family is in shock and asking for privacy, WGME reported.
The bodies were taken to the state medical examiner’s office for autopsies.
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