Summit County murder-suicide suspected as man, woman found dead in home
A suspected murder-suicide is under investigation after local law enforcement officers found one adult male and one adult female dead in a Wildernest residence late Tuesday night.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday afternoon confirmed that the man and woman were dead when deputies entered the home after the office received a welfare call late Tuesday night.
The man and woman have not been identified as of press time, pending notification to their families. The incident is under active investigation.
Evidence at the scene suggests a murder-suicide, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. The responding deputies recovered a firearm and found proof of multiple gunshots inside the home. The type of weapon was not released.
Both of the deceased were local residents, and the bodies were found in the same residence, according to public information officer Taneil Ilano with the sheriff’s office.
By 3:47 a.m., the Summit County Coroner’s Office was informed of the incident. The coroner has requested autopsies for the deceased individuals.
Law enforcement officials have not provided information on additional evidence recovered from the home or from neighboring residents. They also have not released the exact location of the home.
Eyewitness accounts are few and far between. Alex Dosch, a property management technician with Wildernest Vacation Rentals, says he was making night rounds near the management company’s Snowscape property at roughly 9:25 p.m. on Tuesday when he saw two sheriff’s deputies stop in front of a home on Wildernest Court.
One deputy arrived first and was followed shortly after by a second deputy. Both patrol cars had activated lights and sirens, he said.
“Those guys were trying to get somewhere fast,” Dosch said. “When the first guy got here, he was running and knocking on doors. The second guy followed him right after. “
By 10 p.m., Dosch says the initial two patrol cars were joined by an ambulance and fire engine. He could not see any additional activity inside or outside the home. The neighborhood is a mix of vacation rentals, second homes and condominiums.
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