Tragic Hamptonville deaths ruled murder-suicide
Sheriff Mike Cain announced late on Thursday that he expects the investigation into the two deaths on Windsor Road in Hamptonville to be closed as a murder-suicide, pending autopsy results. The deceased have been identified as Ernest J. Myers, 55, of the Windsor Road residence, and Betty G. Riddle, 64, of Harmony.
The bodies of Myers and Riddle were discovered at the Windsor Road residence after a friend, who was unable to to get anyone to the door, called 911 from a local restaurant.
A Yadkin County Deputy observed Myers when he went to the residence for a welfare check. The deputy entered the residence and discovered the second body in the rear of the house and contacted the Sheriffs Office for assistance and a search warrant.
Officers entered the residence late on Thurs. afternoon and confirmed the two deaths.
Cain stated a scribbled note was found on the scene that said nothing more than She was an accident. Cain stated that detectives suspected that Myers shot Riddle and then some time later shot himself. It appeared that Riddle might have been dead for a while longer than Myers.
Both victims are believed to have died from wounds inflicted by a .12 gauge shotgun.
Reports from friends and family to law enforcement provided that the couple had only been seeing one another for a short time, and that Riddle had been staying at the residence for less than a week.
There were no prior reports of domestic violence at the address. Myers had been renting the home for several years.
The results of autopsies ordered were not available prior to press time.
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