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Couple found dead victims of murder-suicide

May 2, 2012
By JO ANN BOBBY-GILBERT - East Liverpool Reporter ( , The Review

DIXONVILLE - A married couple found dead in their home on March 30 were the victims of a murder-suicide during a suspected domestic dispute.

Liverpool Township Police Chief Charlie Burgess reported Tuesday that the county coroner has ruled that Michael W. Wolfe Sr., 54, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head with a handgun, while his wife, Karen E. Wolfe, 51, died from three gunshot wounds to her head, neck and abdomen, inflicted by her husband.

The couple were found by a family member about 5:30 that evening in their Anderson Boulevard home inside the Tri-State Free Methodist Family Campground, for which they were caretakers that past 10 years.

"We believe it stemmed from a domestic-type situation," Burgess said, adding that his department has no record of ever having been called to the home in the past for domestic troubles.

Toxicology reports indicated Mr. Wolfe had consumed alcohol prior to the incident, but that his wife had not.

Burgess added that investigation by his department and the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation showed no indication of anyone else involved in the deaths.

Just one test result is still pending from the BCII which Burgess said is unlikely to change the outcome of the investigation. He said once that test result is received, he intends to close the case, as has the coroner.

"With the offender's death, no charges will be filed, obviously," Burgess noted.

In addition to serving as caretakers for the church camp, the Wolfes were both employed by Beaver Local School District, he as a bus driver and she as a high school secretary. Mr. Wolfe had also been associated with his family's business, Wolfe TV.



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