published: Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Two found dead in home identified
Shooting victims identified
By PHIL ATTINGER
SEBRING -- Deputies have identified the couple found dead from a shooting Tuesday at a Sebrng home.
Dempsy and Francis Tiner, both 69, were found dead inside the home at 3407 Baxter Ave.. Detectives found a brother of Demsy living locally and a daughter living in another state.
Preliminary autopsy reports indicate Francis was killed first with two gunshot wounds to the head and Dempsy died later of a single gunshot wound at close range, according to investigators.
The investigation into the apparent murder/suicide continues. Deputies believe a recent medical diagnosis may have played a role.
The case started with a 911 call Tuesday morning to the Highlands County Communications Center. A man told the dispatcher he had killed his wife and was going to kill himself.
Deputies arrived at the house, but couldn't get an answer at the door.
Neither the Highlands County Sheriff's Office Crisis Negotiation Team or SWAT Team could contact the caller. They then sent the State Fire Marshal's bomb-disposal into enter the house. The robot's cameras found the couple dead.
Sheriff Susan Benton said many murder/suicide cases involve a chronic or severe health situation that has left people feeling like they have no control over their future, she said.
However, Benton said she would hold off on making that the final conclusion until all of the evidence has come in and the case to speak for itself.
Anyone with further information on this case is encouraged to contact detectives at the Sheriff's Office at 863-402-7200.
Senior Awarness (by: bjean - 9/5/2013)
People please look out for your elderly neighbors. More and more seniors are taking their lives because of health issues, depression, family issues and just plain old lonliness. Get to know your neighbor and keep a contact number for them in case of emergency. Notify their contact if you feel anything unusual is going on with them. Many seniors find themselves alone and going thru a depression. There is help out there but may be hesitant on reaching out for help.
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