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Murder-Suicide Suspected in Death of Elderly South Nashville Couple



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.