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Police investigating man, woman found dead in home as murder-suicide

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- Fort Wayne Police say the man and woman found dead inside a home just south of downtown is a murder-suicide case.

Around noon Monday, officers were called to the 2000 block of Riedmiller Avenue to check up on 61-year-old Nathan Butler who hadn't been seen in a while.

Neighbors told police newspapers were piling up at the home.

When police arrived, they found two people dead inside the home.

The Allen County coroner's office said 48-year-old Donna Sue Taylor died from a gunshot wound. Her death was ruled a homicide.

The coroner's office said Butler was found inside the home with a self-inflictedgunshot wound to the head.

Sources close to the investigation believe Taylor's body had been inside the home for several weeks, while Butler had been dead for a couple of days, meaning he had lived in the home with her remains for a couple weeks.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text HOME to 741741 or visit for additional resources.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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