Police Name Elderly Couple Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide

Tuesday, October 2nd 2018, 5:58 am
By: Joseph Holloway

Cleveland Police say an elderly couple in their 70s was found dead Monday in an apparent murder-suicide. They've been identified as 74-year-old Edward Davis and 73-year-old Janie Davis.

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Police said they did find a suicide note inside of the house where the murder-suicide happened, and they said the couple's failing health was a major factor in what happened.

Edward and Janie Davis' son came to check on them and found them dead on their back porch.

Crime scene tape blanketed the neighborhood as Cleveland Police and OSBI agents spent several hours on the scene.

Neighbors said they didn't see or hear anything out of the ordinary until investigators showed up.

Sonny Chain said he's lived down the street from Edward and Janie Davis for a long time.

He saw Edward at the bank just hours before the Davises' bodies were found.

"You know, you see 'em in person that morning and the next thing you know, you look down at their place and all of a sudden, you see all these lights," Chain said. 

Bill McGill lives a couple doors down and said he didn't see or hear anything unusual until investigators came out.

"Worked in the yard and in my garage all day yesterday ... still didn't hear anything. Nothing ... just quiet," McGill said. 

Neighbors said they'd see Janie and Edward mowing the lawn or just sitting outside.

Chain said he wants to remember them at their happiest.

"Eddie and his wife were real good people. They'd help you out when they could," he said. 

Chief Stout said this is the first murder they've had in Cleveland in many years.