Police: murder-suicide claims 2 lives


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Family members of Nancy and Mark May were worried about them.

According to Salt Lake City police they responded to the home on a welfare check just after midnight Sunday morning.

When they got to the home near 1650 East and 1300 South they found the May couple in separate rooms, dead.

“There was no immediate cause of death known for Nancy,” said Sgt. Brandon Shearer with Salt Lake City police. “Both bodies were transported to the Utah Medical Examiner’s office and they’ll determine the cause of death for her. He died from hanging.”

Sgt. Shearer said there was no obvious signs of death found on the body of Nancy but based on the evidence gathered by detectives, police said she was the victim.

“It’s believed he killed her before killing himself,” Sgt. Shearer said.

No one would talk about the murder-suicide at the May family.  They requested privacy.  A spokesman for the Utah Domestic violence Coalition said it’s a subject that can’t be avoided.

“I think it’s important to talk about it because they can see how much it is happening,” said Chris Davies with the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition.

This marks the fifth time police in Utah have dealt with murder-suicides since May.
Last year, there were six murder suicides for the entire year.

According to the coalition since the year 2000 at least 42% of all homicides in Utah are associated with domestic violence.   They also claimed 88% of perpetrators are male.

Advocates said some victims fail to get help because they’re worried it will break up a relationship.  They also admit that sometimes there’s no stopping a murder from happening.

Davies said that’s why it’s important for another family member or a friend to watch for signs from these silent victims.

“Definite signs would be if the victim is feeling more isolated or shut down,” he said. “But it’s almost something you have to witness yourself.” To get help with domestic violence related situation call their help line at 1-800-897-LINK (5465) or visit the coalition’s website at udvc.org 

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