Thursday, February 23, 2012

White County, IN: Murder-suicide victims identified

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - White County sheriff's deputies discovered two bodies inside a home Tuesday after being called to conduct a welfare check.

47-year-old Michael Bell and 38-year-old Heather Taylor were found dead, each with a single gunshot wound to the head.

Based on evidence recovered at the scene, police said this appears to have been a homicide-suicide.

Evidence indicates Bell shot and killed Taylor before killing himself.

White County officials were called to do that welfare check at 1178 Saddlebrook Court just outside Monticello city limits a little after 9:30 Tuesday morning.

Shafer said that's when deputies found the bodies of an adult male and female in bed.

Neighbors of the Saddlebrook neighborhood describe the area as typically quiet.

"It's a very peaceful neighborhood," White County resident, Lynn Kolter said.

But Tuesday morning it was anything but peaceful. Neighbors there said they feel a bit uneasy after hearing the news of two residents found dead inside their home.

"I've had phone calls all day and everyone is feeling a little shaky tonight because you just don't have things like that here," Kolter said.

Neighbors News Channel 18 spoke with Tuesday night said they did hear gun shots early Tuesday morning.

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