Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Fargo, ND: Police suspect bodies found dead in south Fargo result of murder-suicide

FARGO – Police believe a husband fatally shot his wife in their south Fargo home before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide.

The couple - Daniel and Linda Williams - were found dead this morning in their home at 1830 16½ St. S. Officers were called at 8:06 a.m. after a family member of the woman was notified by her employer that she didn’t show up for work, Lt. Joel Vettel said.

Deputy Chief Pat Claus said in a news conference this afternoon that neither Daniel or Linda Williams was at work on Monday, and police are still trying to establish when they died.

Claus said multiple firearms were recovered from the home. He declined to say whether investigators, who swept the home for evidence this afternoon, found anything that would suggest a motive for the killing.

Ashley Olson, who lives across the street with her husband and two daughters, said she saw the married couple coming and going recently with no sign of discord.

“They seemed to get along great. They were always out working in the flower bed,” she said.

Dan Peterson grew up in the house behind the home where the bodies were found, which is just south of Lewis and Clark Elementary. He said an officer asked him this morning if he had heard a gunshot. He hadn’t.

Peterson said it was a shocking event for a quiet neighborhood.

“You just wouldn’t expect it to happen right next door,” he said.

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