Evidence Leads Authorities to Suspect Double Murder-Suicide - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/19/09

Evidence Leads Authorities to Suspect Double Murder-Suicide

The Lubbock County Sheriff's Office investigated two crime scenes on County Road 6500 just east of Reese Center. Authorities found three bodies in two separate locations.

The Deputies tell us what they had on their hands this morning was a very tragic situation. "This is a family that appears to be well respected in the community - the call came from his place of business when he didn't show up for work," says Lubbock County Sheriff David Guiterrez.

That's when Lubbock Orthodontist Christopher Anderson's office called his daughter who found the bodies of her father and mother, Elaine, both 65. She placed a call to 911 around 9:17 a.m.

Authorities say that within minutes a home health care nurse found the body of Elaine's mother 84-year-old Alice Johnson just next door. "There are indications this may be a homicide suicide situation," says Guiterrez. According to the Sheriff's Office all three family members suffered gunshot wounds.

Neighbors say the Andersons were good people and they didn't hear anything out of the ordinary. "We heard ambulances and figured someone had been hurt and then they put up the tape you wouldn't think something like this would happen across the street from you," says neighbor Loyd Campbell.

Major Don Carter says this incident took place 24 hours before authorities arrived on the scene. They are proceeding with the investigation as a triple homicide but have evidence indicating this may be a suspected double murder suicide.

As of Monday night, officials had cleared the crime scene tape, but the investigation is still underway at this time to determine just who pulled the trigger. Authorities say they are awaiting results from pending autopsies.

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