Man with mental health problems murders parents, dumps bodies in car trunk and hangs himself
The victims in the double murder-suicide were identified as 39-year-old Randall W. Weekley Jr. and his parents, 67-year-old Randall Weekley Sr. and 65-year-old Brenda Weekley
An Ohio man has killed both his mother and father before offing himself, according to reports by Doylestown Police. The 39-year-old, Randall W. Weekley Jr., killed his parents, 67-year-old Randall Weekley Sr. and 65-year-old Brenda Weekley, stuffed their bodies into the trunk of a car, and then hung himself inside a shed on the property.
According to People, the gruesome double murder-suicide was discovered after deputies from the Doylestown Police Department responded to the residence on 201 Howard Street on Monday, December 17, for a welfare check after a family member was unable to reach the two parents.
Lt. Kevin Milburn, of the police department, said when responding officers searched the property on arrival, they found the body of Weekley Jr. inside the shed in the backyard where he had hung himself. When they continued their search further, they came across a written note which stated his parents were dead as well. Their bodies were later found stuffed in the trunk of a car on the property, said Milburn.
It is believed that the double murder-suicide unfolded sometime between the afternoon of Friday, December 14, and Saturday, December 15. The incident has come as a shock to the community of the small town in Wayne County with a population of a little over 3,000.
Speaking about the murders at a press conference, Chief of Police Casey Tester was quoted saying, "This is a small town. It’s my hometown. It’s Lt. Milburn’s hometown. We grew up here, and so many people we come in contact with we know their names, and this situation is no different."
"The family that is going through this terrible situation, I grew up with many of them," he added. "I’ve known them for many years and they are really good people. From the Doylestown Police Department, we are terribly sorry for their loss and our hearts go out to them."
It emerged that Weekley Jr. had only recently moved back to his parents' home. He is believed to have suffered from a history of mental health problems, with Fox reporting that police had responded to the home for mental health issues involving the 39-year-old in the past, and that the parents had even expressed fear for their safety to relatives.
"A lot of it has to do with mental health," said Milburn. "There have been accusations that we have not been able to confirm with the family or anybody at this point but as far as motive, other than mental health, that’s all we are pointing to at this time."
Authorities have not released the causes of the parents' death yet. Police said the next of kin and the daughter of the deceased parents had flown in from out west following the news of the double murder-suicide. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is said to be involved in the case now.