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Sheriff investigating double suicide in Marion County


The Marion County Sheriff's office is investigating the deaths of a couple in the Foxworth community ruled a double suicide. 

The incident happened at 14 Sumrall Lane in Foxworth following a 911 call on Sunday.

Sheriff Berkley Hall said, "Dispatch received a call about 1:45 yesterday afternoon from a female caller saying that her husband had just shot himself. "Several Marion County Deputies and Investigators responded to the home, and got no response at the front door. Hall said, "That's when they entered the house and were able to find two bodies."

The man and woman inside the home have been identified as a Cecil Buckley, 39, and Terri Fontanot, 36.  Hall said, "We made a decision to go on and call MBI Crime Scene in to process the scene for us."

A solid account of the events inside the home is unclear according to investigators, but they have ruled it a double suicide. However, the investigation is still on going as the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation reviews the physical evidence, autopsy reports are completed, and the Sheriff's Office follows up on all information.

Hall said, "People are so reluctant to come forward nowadays and that really hinders law enforcement. If you come forth with information to help with something like this, we're not going to broadcast your name. Law enforcement can't do it by themselves. We need the help from the public."

If anyone has any additional information about this incident, please contact investigators at 601-736-5051. 

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