Elderly couple found dead inside home near Lake Murray ruled murder/suicide

LA MESA (KUSI) – 3:20 p.m. – Authorities reported Thursday that the elderly couple found dead inside their La Mesa residence earlier this month was a murder/suicide.

On Wednesday, October 14, the La Mesa Police Department responded to a residence in the 6900 block of Wyoming Avenue in La Mesa and found a deceased man and woman in the home. 

The decedents have been identified as Rose M. Welch, 73, and William R. Welch, 77. The Welchs were husband and wife. 

Based on our investigation we believe that Mrs. Welch was murdered by Mr. Welch. Based on the autopsy it appears that Mrs. Welch sustained multiple blunt force trauma injuries to her head and was asphyxiated. Several days later Mr. Welch committed suicide by apparently overdosing on prescription medications. The Welch’s adult daughter and her boyfriend were aware of the circumstances and eventually reported the deaths to the police.

The La Mesa Police Department worked with the District Attorney’s office on this investigation and no criminal charges will be submitted to the District Attorney’s office.

There will be no further information released.

10/15/2015 – Two people were found dead Wednesday in a home near Lake Murray, authorities reported.

The discovery was reported late in the morning, according to police, and occurred on the 6900 block of Wyoming Avenue. 

La Mesa Police Officers and Heartland Firefighters responded and found two deceased elderly adults, a male and female both approximately seventy 70 years old inside the home.

La Mesa Police Detectives are currently on scene. At this time, officials are treating this as a death investigation with suspicious circumstances due to some traumatic injuries seen on one of the victims.

This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information at this time.

There is no known or suspected immediate threat to the general public.

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