Monday, June 25, 2012

Newton, IN: Murder-suicide eyed in Newton

A married couple and their dog are dead following a Newton County murder-suicide that took place Friday.

Marv Simon of 240 N. Indiana 55 and his wife, Mindy S. Simon, of 394 N. Indiana 55 were found dead in their homes resulting from gunshot wounds to the head.

The couple was married but lived in separate residences on the same property, according to Newton County Coroner Scott McCord.

According to investigative reports, Marv Simon went to the residence of his wife and shot her in the head. He then went to his residence where he shot his dog and then himself.

The motive is unclear, McCord said, but investigators do believe Marv Simon was in financial trouble and had become depressed.

McCord, along with deputies from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office and emergency services responded, about 3:37 p.m. Friday to a report of a possible suicide.

At the time, witnesses reported hearing a number of gunshots.

Police found Marv Simon and the dog and then moved to the adjacent home where they found Mindy Simon.

Autopsies conducted at noon Saturday at the Tippecanoe County Morgue confirming that the couple and their dog each died of gunshot wounds.

Next of kin was notified Saturday but McCord said the incident remains under investigation and toxicology reports are pending.

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