May 29, 2009

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Kinderhook deaths were murder-suicide, authorities say

KINDERHOOK – The deaths of a husband and wife at a home on Rabbit Lane in Kinderhook were the result of a murder-suicide, Columbia County Sheriff David Harrison, Jr. said Thursday.

The bodies of Timothy Conway, 58, and his wife, Sarah Witham-Conway, 50, were both found in the home.

Autopsies determined the two had died from blasts from a 12 gauge shotgun.

Harrison said Conway shot his wife in the early morning hours on Wednesday; then turned the gun on himself in their bedroom. Both died instantly.  The gun was recovered at the scene.

Conway left a handwritten note at the house as well as a voice message on a family member’s phone asking for forgiveness.

The couple’s 16-year-old son and 20-year-old daughter were not at home at the time of the shootings.

There was no prior evidence of violence between the couple; however, they were experiencing marital problems in recent weeks, police said. It appeared Conway had been laid off from his job recently.


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