July 25 2013
Couple died in murder-suicide, police say
Suffolk police say the couple found dead in their Nansemond River Drive home Wednesday were victims of a murder-suicide.
They have been identified as Lucy Celenia Perry, 67, and her husband Dennis Joseph Perry, 64.
Autopsies showed Dennis Perry shot his wife before turning the gun on himself, city spokeswoman Diana Klink said in a press release. A release Thursday stated no foul play was suspected.
Neighbors said Thursday they called police after noticing the couple’s absence from church and an overflowing mailbox. The last time a neighbor had seen one of them was Thursday morning.
A relative gave police permission to enter the home, the city said.
The couple were members at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at White Marsh Road.
Update: The two victims of a Suffolk murder-suicide have now been identified as Lucy Celenia Perry, 67, and her husband Dennis Joseph Perry, 64.
Autopsies revealed that both victims died from gunshot wounds.
Police say Dennis Perry shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.
Suffolk, Va. - Police are now investigating after a man and a woman were found dead in a Suffolk home on Nansemond River Drive in the Nansemond River Estates neighborhood Wednesday.
"It's heartbreaking. He was a great guy. Treated my kids like they were his grandkids. Church-going people, they loved life," says neighbor Brenda Phelps who lives next door.
Phelps' nanny, Crystal Robins says the last time she saw them was six days ago.
With the couple's cars in the driveway, Robins thought nothing of it until a church member came by around 10:30 Wednesday morning asking about the couple. That's when Robins knew something had happened.
Robins says the woman had been ill and was in and out of the hospital.
As police continue their investigation into what exactly happened inside the couple's home, neighbors are left to speculate.
Police say they are not looking for any suspects in the deaths.
The bodies are now with a medical examiner to find out how the two died.