Alcoa Police: Couple found dead in apparent murder-suicide

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ALCOA, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Alcoa Police Department was investigating a double homicide which they say now appears to be a murder-suicide.

They confirmed they found two bodies after a shooting at 7:23 a.m. on West Fulton Avenue in Alcoa. According to Alcoa Police Chief David Carswell, two people were found dead in their home Wednesday morning.

Alcoa Police say they found 55-year-old Ladonald E. Hodge and his wife, 46-year-old Dawn R. Hodge from gunshot wounds.

A neighbor and family friend who wanted to remain anonymous, told Local 8 News the couple had a teenage daughter who found them dead Wednesday morning.

"Might be just a family problem that went terrible. It's a tragedy for us all. Basically for the kids, like I said I'm a friend of the family and it's just tragic for us all. For the whole community it's a tragic."

Next door neighbors also told Local 8 News they did not hear any gunshots.

Alcoa Police Chief David Carswell announced the new information today.

“After further investigation and autopsies on both individuals, all evidence at this time supports that it was a murder-suicide,” Carswell said.

It appears that the female shot the male, then turned the gun on herself, according to Detective Jeff Parsons.

Local 8 News is working to learn more information and will bring you the latest when we get it.