Murder-suicide on Sawyers Road in Elizabeth City under investigation


ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — Two people are dead following an apparent murder-suicide Sunday afternoon in Elizabeth City. 

Deputies responded to the home in the 1200 block of Sawyers Road around 4:45 p.m. Sunday for a possible suicide. 

When they arrived, deputies found a woman, identified as 53-year-old Gina Jenette Cross, with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on the back porch. She was taken to the hospital, but died later Sunday evening. 

Deputies then found a man dead inside a bedroom from a gunshot wound. He’s been identified as William Preston Deane, 70. Both Deane and Cross were living in the house together, according to the sheriff’s office. 

Deputies didn’t release further information, but said the case is being investigated as a murder-suicide. 

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