A 70-year-old man and his 68-yearold wife were found dead of gunshot wounds at their rural Crawford County residence on Monday, March 10.
Authorities believe the incident is a murder-sucide and are withholding names of the deceased pending notification of their family.
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a call at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, reporting an unresponsive male lying in his driveway on County X in rural Clayton Township. When deputies arrived, they found a 70-year-old male in his driveway deceased from a gunshot wound.
Upon further investigation, a search of the house was conducted. Inside the house, investigators found a female in the bedroom with a fatal gunshot wound. The woman was later identified as the 68-year-old wife of the deceased male in the driveway.
“At this point in the investigation, it appears that the husband shot and killed his wife inside the residence, and then went outside and shot and killed himself,” said Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick. “I believe we have the, ‘what’ happened, now we need to figure out the ‘why’ it happened.
The Wisconsin State Crime Lab was called to assist with processing the scene for evidence and the Wisconsin State Patrol was called to complete a diagram of the crime scene.
Autopsies were performed on both the husband and the wife Tuesday and investigators are looking into the background of the pair.
“This is not a residence that the sheriff’s department was routinely called too,” said McCullick. “The last call at their residence was in 2008 and we have never been called there for a domestic (complaint). We feel that this was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the general public.”