Mother and son found dead

LISBON — A county sheriff’s deputy checking on a resident who failed to attend church Sunday morning found her and her son dead at a Madison Township home just after noon.

Details were sketchy Sunday evening, but West Point Fire Chief Wayne Chamberlain said his department responded at about 12:27 p.m. to 13210 state Route 7, near the Beaver Local football stadium, for what was initially reported as two people deceased from possible carbon monoxide poisoning.

He said a sheriff’s deputy had called after seeing the victims inside and taking precautions before entering the house due to the threat of being overcome himself by carbon monoxide.

“We are EMS. We were (inside) first and found it to be something different,” Chamberlain said of the scene found inside the home. He declined to offer any further information, deferring questions to the sheriff’s department.

Sheriff Ray Stone said the deputy responded to the home for a welfare check because the woman who lives there had not been in church that morning. He did not say who asked for the checkup.

Stone said the deputy found the house unlocked.

“He discovered the woman shot in her bed and (her son) was lying beside the bed,” Stone said, adding detectives and the chief deputy said it was “very apparent” a murder-suicide, with the son having shot his mother and then himself.

The names of the victims were not released by the sheriff, who said the mother was in her 70s and her son in his 40s. Stone said Sunday night that a family member was en route to the home.

Stone said county Coroner George Wilson and a coroner’s investigator had both responded to the scene and said the coroner will make the final determination of the causes of death.

His department will conduct the investigation, but if the coroner discovers something different than the initial finding, Stone said, the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation will be brought in to assist.