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Murder-suicide in Monongalia County, police say

Monongalia County Sheriff’s deputies found two people dead at a home Monday morning and are investigating the case as a murder-suicide.

Police responded to the home on Merle Yost Road, about 14 miles west of Morgantown, at about 10 a.m. Monday.  A 911 hang-up call originated from the residence, prompting the response, Sheriff Al Kisner said.

“It was a 911 hang up, and then there was other information received by the 911 center that was dispatched to the responding deputy,” Kisner said.  “When they got there, the scene was what the deputies found.”

Kisner said the two people were “family members,” but he did not specify how they were related.  Police also did not reveal how the two people died.  However, Kisner said foul play is suspected.

“At this point, we’re looking at this as a murder-suicide, unless the investigation goes in another direction,” Kisner said.  “It doesn’t appear that it will.”

The names of the victims have not been released, as police notify family members.

Kisner said it’s still unclear what may have led to the incident Monday.  Deputies are asking anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s Department.

“If anyone in the area where this occurred heard anything, saw anything, we ask them to contact our detectives unit at 304-291-7218.”

Kisner says names and the cause of death will likely be released within the next couple days as the state medical examiner continues to investigate.

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