Deaths investigated as murder-suicide

Deaths investigated as murder-suicide

FLAGSTAFF

Two people found dead in a residence near Twin Arrows, Arizona, earlier this month may be victims of a murder-suicide, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office has determined.

On Nov. 16 around 11 a.m., according to a press release, sheriff’s office dispatch received a request for a welfare check at a residence south of Twin Arrows. The reporting party advised dispatch that her coworker had not shown up for work and was not answering the door. Deputies responded and made forced entry. They located 55-year-old Mary Smeal and 57-year-old Jeffery Jones both deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. Information was not immediately released until next of kin could be notified. The case is being investigated as a murder-suicide.

The two deceased were in a domestic relationship. The reporting party had driven to the residence and found both Smeal’s and Jones’ vehicles in the driveway. She was unable to get anyone to answer the phone or the door. Evidence from the scene indicates that Jones shot Smeal and then shot himself. No further details are available at this time; the case is still under investigation by the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.


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Bill Donovan

Bill Donovan has been writing about the Navajo Nation government since 1971 and for the Navajo Times since 1976. He is currently semi-retired and is living in Torrance, California, and continues to report for the Navajo Times.