NEW INFO: Elderly Bertie County Couple Found Dead

The Medical Examiner's Office says an elderly Bertie County couple found dead in their home Thursday morning were the victims of a murder-suicide.

The two bodies were found at a home off Highway 13 outside of Windsor around 7:00 a.m.

Family members tell WITN News that the victims are 86-year-old Dorothy Cowan and her 87-year-old husband Frank.

The family says the husband shot his wife and then himself out of love. They say Dorothy Cowan was an Alzheimer patient and that he had recently become ill himself. Relatives say the husband may have panicked, thinking his wife would have been left alone if something happened to him.

The Medical Examiner's Office says the wife died from a gunshot wound to the head and the cause of death is homicide. They say her husband died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound the head.

Sheriff John Holley says the two were found in their bedroom and deputies recovered a handgun at the scene.

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