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November 9, 2012

911 received call from murder-suicide scene

Willis and Wendy Brown died from gunshot wounds, police say

Staff Report
The Daily Star

— The Delaware County 911 Center received a call at approximately 6:40 a.m. Wednesday, apparently from Willis Brown of the Village of Franklin, saying he had killed his wife, according to a media release today from Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond.

DuMond said the call came from a "male subject calling from the Brown residence located at 123 Main Street in the Village of Franklin. The caller reported that he had

killed his wife, Wendy, and would be taking his own life.

"A local, off-duty Delaware County Sheriff's Deputy was contacted by 911 and

immediately responded to the scene," the release said. "Upon arrival, the deputy discovered both

Wendy and Willis Brown, both 58 years of age, deceased within the residence.

"Investigation and a forensic autopsy have established that that Wendy Brown

died as a result of a gunshot wound. The manner of her death has been ruled a

homicide," the release said. "A forensic autopsy has established that Willis Brown died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound."

The release said that deputies and members of the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division were

assisted at the scene by the New York State Police, Troop “C”, Forensic

Identification Unit.

"At this time," the release said, "the motive for this tragic incident remains uncertain."