Elderly couple, third person found dead in W. Pa.

Crime scene

IRWIN, Pa. (AP) – A coroner says an elderly western Pennsylvania couple and their son found shot to death were victims of an apparent murder-suicide, but says autopsies were ongoing to confirm that.

Westmoreland County Coroner Kenneth Bacha (BATCH’-ah) says the dead are 68-year-old Franklin Hutchison, his 67-year-old wife, Hazel, and their 47-year-old son, William.

The coroner says all three were found shot to death when police in North Huntingdon Township were asked to check on the couple’s welfare about 9:20 p.m. Thursday. The township is about 25 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Bacha tells The Associated Press authorities are “treating it at this time as a double-homicide-suicide.” Bacha says investigators believe they know who fired the shots, based on where the gun was found, but they’re waiting for autopsies to confirm that. Bacha didn’t describe the gun.

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