A husband and wife were found dead inside their DeRuyter home, in Madison County, in what police are calling an apparent murder suicide.
Police say Edward and Michele Green, both 48, were found dead in their home at 1599 Seminary Street early Monday morning.Police say a family member called police around 10 p.m. Sunday night after they had not seen or heard from Michele in over 24 hours. The family member say they could not reach Michlle by phone. When police arrived at the home, the house was locked. Police forced entry in the home through the back door and saw Edward Green, who was standing in the kitchen and holding a shotgun. Police say they pulled out of the house, cleared family and friends from the area, set up a perimeter, and tried to establish communication with Edward. After several hours, police say they heard a gunshot. Police sent in a robotic camera and saw Green lying in the ground, he appeared to be dead from a gunshot wound. Police entered the home around 4:30 a.m. and discovered Micheleâ??s body. Neighbor Rebecca Dowling told CNY Central's Jim Kenyon, "They were a great couple. They always went above and beyond for each other. Ed was a likeable guy and Shelly worked at the school. She used to walk my friend's kids to school everyday." Michele and Edward Green lived across the street from the school where Michele worked since 1994.
Michele was an administrative assistant in the DeRuyter Central School District for 19 years, according to Superintendent Charles Walters. She had two children who were both grown.
DeRuyter Central Schools and DeRuyter Library are closed Monday. Walters says that DeRuyter Central Schools will be on a 2 hour delay Tuesday. Counselors will be made available for students and staff.
Walters issued the following statement Monday morning: "This has been a very tragic situation forboth our community and our school district. Mrs. Green was a beloved staff and community member who will be missed by everyone. We were blessed to know and have her in our lives and working with our students. Tomorrow morning DCS will be delayed for students by two hours. Staff should report as normal. We will meet with our staff in the morning. Counselors will be available throughout the day for both staff and students. Our hearts go out to their family and friends at this time of great sorrow."
Outside a prayer vigil at the United Church of DeRuyter, Diane Feuerherm remembered Michele Green as "Caring, giving, loving, proud of her children and her granddaughter." This is very devastating for DeRuyter." she said with tears in her eyes. "She touched everybody's heart."
(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)