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Murder-Suicide Suspected in Death of Elderly South Nashville Couple

8/7/2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The deaths of an elderly husband and wife whose bodies were found today inside their McMurray Drive home are being investigated as murder-suicide.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is the suspected cause of death for Wendell and Dorothy Collins, both 88. It appears the family car was intentionally left running in the garage. A relative who arrived at the home this morning to take the couple to the doctor encountered the strong odor of exhaust fumes. Fire department personnel found the couple in a bedroom deceased. Two notes, identified by a family member as being in Wendell Collins’ handwriting, indicated that he was responsible for the deaths. Autopsies are scheduled for tomorrow.

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