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Coroner: Poconos husband, wife die in apparent homicide-suicide

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 08 2014 12:37:24 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 08 2014 05:26:09 PM CST

Apparent homicide-suicide

HAMILTON TWP., Pa. -

A husband and wife were found dead inside their Poconos home following an apparentĀ  homicide-suicide, according to Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen.

Micheal Buckley, 62, and Diana Buckley, 60, of the 2200 block of Ann Street in Hamilton Township, had been dead inside their home for weeks. They were found Friday after a family member requested state police conduct a welfare check.

Diana Buckley shot and killed her husband before turning the gun on herself, according to Allen.

Allen said the couple left behind a suicide note they apparently composed together.

"They've both had medical issues for a long time and felt like they couldn't go on any longer," Allen said, referring to information in suicide note.

Allen said the couple was dead inside the home for at least three weeks. Authorities found mail in the home's mail box postmarked as far back as Feb. 5.

A forensic autopsy is scheduled for Monday.