SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Police in Suffolk have determined that two bodies found inside a home Wednesday were of a man and wife. Autopsies performed Thursday indicated the the husband shot his wife and then himself.
Diana Klink with the City of Suffolk said a call came in around 10:36 a.m. Wednesday from a concerned neighbor in the Nansemond River Estates area after she noticed uncollected mail at a neighboring house for some time. Officers went to the home in the 3300 block of Nansemond River Drive to perform a welfare check.
According to Klink, officers received permission to enter the home and found the bodies of 67-year-old Lucy Celendia Perry and her husband 64-year-old Dennis Joseph Perry.
At the scene, WAVY News' Jason Marks was told by neighbors that they Perry's have two adult children living in the area, including a son who was at the scene.
"It makes you wonder what happened," said neighbor Brenda Phelps. "I knew something wasn't right, but I didn't think it would be this."
Phelps said she hadn't seen the couple next door since last week. Neither had her nanny Crystal Robbins. The couple's cars were still in the driveway so Robbins went to see if they were home.
"I went and knocked and there was no answer," Robbins said. "That's when I went and saw the mailbox -- the mail was stacked up. I went around the house to see if there was anything odd. I just felt something wasn't right."
Robbins called police.
Autopsies were performed on the bodies Thursday, and the results, as well as other aspects of the investigation, have police believing Lucy Perry died by gunshot wound inflicted by her husband. Police also believe Dennis Perry died because of a suicide gunshot wound.
"He was a great guy," Phelps said. "They were church-going people. They loved life."
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