TIGARD, Ore. (AP) – A 48-year-old couple who died in an apparent murder-suicide were reportedly under investigation for embezzlement.
Lisa Malone and Leonard Foster were both found shot to death in their 3-story home on Bull Mountain near Portland. Washington County Sheriff’s Office Detective Robert Rookhuyzen said evidence suggests the couple had some type of suicide agreement, though no note was found.
Concerned relatives went to the home late Wednesday, authorities said. From the bottom floor, they spoke with the couple, then heard a loud gunshot. After the shot, the couple told the family members they were fine and didn’t want to talk.
“While these concerned family members were there they thought they heard what sounded like a gun shot and initially they thought, well maybe that’s from the TV, because they could tell it was on,” Rookhuyzen told KOIN 6 News. “However after that gun shot they heard from the male and female they were OK, ‘we don’t want to talk to anyone, go away’ they stayed there and ended up calling 911.”
While on the phone with 911, they heard additional gunshots, described as muffled.
Deputies found the bodies early Thursday. Rookhuyzen said Foster shot Malone and then himself. The couple had no record of domestic violence and Rookhuyzen said there was evidence of heavy drug use, including heroin and drug paraphernalia.
Foster and Malone worked together at Fahey Machinery Co. in Lake Oswego and on Tuesday were reported by the company to police for stealing from the company. The company alleges the couple embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Company officials declined to speak with KOIN 6 News.
“I talked with the owner of the company this morning and he told me that the woman was employed there as a bookkeeper and the male was an operations manager,” Rookhuyzen told KOIN 6 News. “Essentially during an audit they found the money missing and they were able to link it to these 2 people, so I think the embezzlement accusations definitely factor into what we had happen this morning.”
KOIN 6 News reporter Tim Becker contributed to this report.