Police are investigating after Stuart and Brigitte Duncan were found dead in their Windsor Locks home on Monday in an apparent murder-suicide.
The medical examiner's office said Stuart Duncan, 51, shot his 44-year-old wife before turning the gun on himself. The two died of gunshot wounds to the head.
According to police, a family member showed up at the home on Webb Street around 1 p.m. Monday and saw blood leading to the bedroom. There he discovered the bodies of his brother, Stuart, and his sister-in-law, Brigitte.
Police arrived at 1:16 p.m. and found the Duncans' bodies in the first floor bedroom, according to a news release. Both were pronounced dead at the scene and police said that Stuart Duncan "suffered from obviously catastrophic injuries."
An investigator from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington examined the bodies at the scene, finding "what appeared to be gunshot wounds" on both bodies, police said.
While police are still investigating, they said that "the evidence appears consistent with a murder-suicide."
Authorities recovered a handgun from the house and said Stuart Duncan did have a firearms permit. It's not clear if the weapon was registered.
The shooting happened overnight but no one in the neighborhood reported hearing gunfire, according to detectives at the scene. Police said the bodies were there for hours.
Children live in the couple's home, but police said that neither were home at the time of the incident and that they are staying with family.
The cause is still a mystery. Police notified and interviewed the family.
"A lot of family is coming forward talking about things that have gone on," said Det. Sgt. Paul Cherniack, of the Windsor Locks Police Department.
Neighbors said the Duncans were private, but they never noticed anything suspicious about the family.
The State Police Major Crime Squad is investigating along with Windsor Locks police Criminal Investigation Division and the law enforcement agencies searched the home on Monday.