Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
Published: Thursday, 5/10/2007

Murder-suicide suspected in 2 Bluffton deaths

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton police are investigating as a murder-suicide the deaths of a husband and wife, both 77, who were found in their home with gunshot wounds to their heads.

Ronald and Pauline Kirtland were found dead, each on a bed in separate bedrooms, by their son Gary, who stopped by their home at 163 Thurman St. in Bluffton's north end about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

Both died from the gunshot wounds, Dr. Gary Beasley, Allen County coroner, said.

Mrs. Kirtland had two gunshot wounds; her husband had one, Dr. Beasley said.

Bluffton police found two firearms at the scene, according to Larry Van Horn, a coroner's investigator. There was no forced entry to the residence, said police, whose investigation is continuing.

Recommended for You

Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.

Points of Interest