The Orrington couple found dead in their home Wednesday died in a murder-suicide. 

The bodies of Russell and Lois Swanson, both 89, were discovered in their Swetts Pond Road home in Orrington at around 9 a.m. Wednesday. Their deaths were confirmed as a murder suicide by the state medical examiner’s office, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss.

No further details were available Friday afternoon. 
The couple was remembered as being kind and friendly by their neighbors, who often spent time fishing, hunting and playing cribbage with the Swansons in the approximately 25 years that they lived in the neighborhood.

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Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her puppy Percy and staying active in the Maine outdoors.