State police identify couple dead in murder-suicide

February 21, 2018

ESSEX, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police have classified the deaths of an Essex couple as a murder-suicide.

Police say Susan Barron and her husband, Joseph Reifer, died of gunshot wounds. Police say Barron’s death was a homicide and Reifer died of self-inflicted wounds.

Troopers found their bodies Tuesday after conducting a well-being check at their home.

Both Barron and Reifer were 72-years-old. Police say Reifer would have turned 73 on Thursday.

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