Murder-suicide found days after 911 call

Home of Clark County couple found dead in possible murder-suicide March 31, 2014. (KOIN 6 News)
Home of Clark County couple found dead in possible murder-suicide March 31, 2014. (KOIN 6 News)

LA CENTER, Wash. (KOIN) — A Clark County man and woman are dead and a deputy is under investigation in what the Clark County Sheriff is calling a suspected murder-suicide.

On March 31, 2014, officers found 70-year-old Fay Marie Allen and 71-year-old Milton Wayne Allen dead in their home in the Fargher Lake area of Clark County while conducting a welfare check.

A family member had called the Sheriff’s office because he had not heard from his mother, Fay Allen, in several days.

When he went to check on her, he saw cars in the driveway and knocked on the door, but couldn’t find anyone.

Officers found the couple dead in the bedroom, with evidence suggesting Wayne Allen shot and killed Fay Allen, then turned the gun on himself.

Records show 911 dispatchers received a call from the same house on March 28, 2014, but the caller hung up. Dispatchers called back, spoke with someone and sent a deputy to the house. Somewhere along the line, however, the deputy canceled the call before arriving at the home.

A spokesperson for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement an investigation into why that call was canceled is underway. The deputy involved has been placed on administrative leave until the investigation concludes.

“Whether is was a mistake, negligence or an accident we don’t know yet, but someone should have gone out there and we didn’t,” Sgt. Duncan Hoss with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

No 911 calls had been previously dispatched to this address.

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