Man finds wife, daughter dead at Mesa home - Tucson News Now


Man finds wife, daughter dead at Mesa home

(Source: CBS 5 News) (Source: CBS 5 News)
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Two people have been found dead at a home in a Mesa neighborhood in what authorities believe was a murder-suicide.

Officers said a man came home about 3:40 p.m. Monday and discovered the bodies of his 45-year-old wife, Marcia Wentzel, and his 12-year-old daughter, Caitlin Wentzel, according to Mesa police.

Mesa police said the mother and daughter had been suffering from debilitating, long-term medical conditions and two suicide notes were found inside the home in the Montebella subdivision in the 8300 block of East Ingram.

Detectives said the medical examiner is working to confirm the cause of their deaths. Authorities said based on the crime scene it appears asphyxiation and prescription drugs could have been contributing factors.

"We do believe that the scene is secure," said Mesa police Sgt. Tony Landato. "There are no outstanding suspects. We don't have any information that anyone else was involved."

James Daniels was on his way home when he found himself behind an ambulance and a police car that stopped in front of his neighbor's house.

"I didn't know what was going on," Daniels said. "They rushed out and pulled out the gurney."

Daniels said the family hadn't lived in the community very long but that they seemed friendly.

"They would wave," Daniels said. "There was nothing out of the ordinary. They were nice people." 

Neighbors said the young girl was physically challenged and that they would often see her and her dad at the swimming pool.

"My understanding was that she had some kind of brittle-bone disease and she was wheelchair-bound," said Daniels.

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