Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hilton Head, SC: Woman, 84, killed in Hilton Head retirement community; husband suspected of murder, attempted suicide

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the murder of an 84-year old woman and the possible attempted suicide of her 90-year-old husband at their home Sunday night at a retirement community on Hilton Head Island. Deputies suspect the husband in the killing, according to a news release.
At about 8 p.m., deputies responded to the Seabrook in reference to a caregiver discovering two of her clients in need of medical attention. The caregiver said she had gone, as regularly scheduled, to attend to 84-year-old Page Cross and her husband, 90-year-old John Cross.

Upon arrival, she found a note on the door turning away any visitors. Once inside, she found a second note advising her to call 911. At that time, she located Page Cross lying in a bed with multiple lacerations. In a second bedroom, she found John Cross, lying on the floor with a gunshot wound and multiple lacerations.

Page Cross was pronounced dead at the scene. John Cross was initially taken to Hilton Head Hospital and has since been transported to Savannah for continued treatment.

It is suspected that the incident may have been a murder-attempted suicide by John Cross; however, the investigation continues with autopsy results pending, the Sheriff's Office said. Further details will be released as they become available.

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