JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said the deaths of two elderly people just outside Jacksonville are suspected to be a murder-suicide.
Deputies were called to a home on the 3000 block of Oak Wood Road Sunday afternoon where they found the bodies of Milton Kaup, 74, and Naoko Kaup, 84.
Miller said Naoko Kaup had extreme dementia, was not eating and was in failing health.
“She had some severe medical issues and it leads us to believe based on other testimonial evidence that the husband wanted to relieve his wife from the pain she was suffering and then he took his own life,” Sheriff Miller said.
Miller said it looked like it was planned, not spur of the moment.
Neighbors told the Sheriff’s Office Milton Kaup did not want to live without his wife.
Both died from gunshot wounds, and an autopsy is being planned.
Sheriff’s Hans Miller said the investigation is ongoing and everything so far is preliminary.
Neighbor Kevin Jimenez said he saw the pair earlier in the weekend and is shocked they are now dead.
“They were actually just picking up their mail,” Jimenez said. “My mom was seeing how they were doing. They seemed just fine. We never heard anything last night. No ruckus or anything. So coming home to this is a very big shock.
The investigation is ongoing, and this story will be updated as more information becomes available.