Thursday, Apr 24, 2014

Sheriff: Bodies found in Chassahowitzka murder-suicide


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BROOKSVILLE The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday morning the two bodies found in the Chassahowitzka State Forest over the weekend were the result of a murder-suicide.

Law enforcement found the bodies of Michael Jones, 66, and Glenna Jones, 66, in a heavily wooded area off of Commercial Way around 2:45 a.m. on Sunday.

The Jones' lived at 1817 Dinnerbell Lane in Dunedin. Hernando County law enforcement responded to the forest after being contacted by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Public Information Officer Denise Moloney said Tuesday that Glenna Jones died from a gunshot wound to the head, with the manner of death ruled a homicide. Michael Jones died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Moloney said the sheriff's office believes Michael Jones was "suffering from mental illness and may have been delusional."

Michael and Glenna Jones were reported missing in Pinellas County on May 19. Deputies arrived at their home for a welfare check shortly after midnight on Sunday after their son, Kenneth Jones, received a "disturbing call from them," according to a Pinellas County press release.

Evidence found in Dunedin suggest Glenna Jones was tied up before leaving the residence, the release states.

Both agencies continue to investigate the incident.

wbiddlecombe@hernandotoday.com

(352) 544-5283

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