Elmore murder-suicide were separating

The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington on Tuesday completed autopsies on Mary Lisa Kelley (58) and Lawrence Jay Kennedy (61), state police say.

Kelley died of a gunshot wound to the torso, and the manner of her death is homicide.

Kennedy died of a gunshot wound to the head, and the manner of death is suicide.

The Vermont State Police investigation has determined that the victim, known in the community as Lisa Kelley, had called 911 shortly before 7 a.m. Monday and reported that she and her husband were in the process of separating, and he had threatened to harm her and destroy her belongings while she was at work. During the call, the 911 dispatcher heard a gunshot, and the victim became unresponsive to questions.

First-responding police officers from multiple agencies secured the scene and entered the home, where they found Kelley and Kennedy deceased. Police also located the rifle that Kennedy had used.

The state police is continuing its investigation into this incident. Anyone with information that might assist investigators is asked to call the Vermont State Police in Williston at 802-878-7111. Tips also may be submitted online anonymously at http://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

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