CHASE, Md. (WJZ)– An elderly couple is found dead in what police are calling a tragic murder-suicide.
Meghan McCorkell has the latest on the investigation.
Baltimore County Police say 85-year-old John Sigmond and his wife, 84-year-old Margie Sigmond, were found dead inside their living room. Investigators say one of them left a note before pulling the trigger.
Neighbors and family friends are trying to make sense of what happened behind these doors.
“It’s shocking,” neighbor Charles Sutton said.
“It’s ridiculous because it’s really confusing,” Sigmond family friend Ben Whaley said.
A family member called 911 after finding John and Margie Sigmond shot to death in the living room of their Bird River Road home.
“My son called me at work and told me they had heard a loud noise up there and they thought it was a shooting,” Sutton explained.
Investigators say it’s an apparent murder-suicide. Whoever fired the gun, left behind a message.
“There is a note,” Elise Armacost of the Baltimore County Police Department said. “It’s still part of the investigation to determine who left the note.”
Family friends say the couple had lived in this home for years. They say John Sigmond had recently been ill.
“He had been sick in the past year,” Whaley said. “I’m not exactly sure. I think he might have had a stroke and he was having problems with dealing with that.”
Whaley says he doesn’t believe the couple had any financial difficulties. They’d lived in their house for more than 20 years.
Sutton lives two door down.
“John and his wife were a nice old couple,” he said. “They had their routine. She went around the cemetery everyday and walked.”
He says John Sigmond built the home with his own two hands. Now, everyone is trying to cope with what happened inside.
Investigators have not released the contents of that note found inside the couple’s home.
Investigators say they do not suspect anyone else was involved.