Police investigate possible killing and suicide in North Versailles

A couple was found dead in their North Versailles home Tuesday in what investigators said appears to be a homicide and suicide.

Township police Chief Vincent DiCenzo Jr. said dispatchers got a call around 8 a.m. Tuesday asking that police check on a person who lives at the house in the 100 block of Thomas Avenue and who didn’t come to work that morning.

Police forced their way in and said the homeowners, a husband and wife, were found dead inside.

The Allegheny county medical examiner’s office identified the couple as Mark Hoey, 48, and Erin Hoey, 45.

Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said they are treating the deaths as a homicide and suicide. Autopsies to determine cause and manner of death are scheduled for today.

The chief would not say if a weapon had been found in the home, how the pair may have died or where they were discovered. He said there had been no prior calls to that home.

Neighbor Jacky Orrick was shocked to learn the news. She said Mr. Hoey was one of the first to welcome her and her husband to the neighborhood when they moved in across the street about five years ago.

She said they were “just your average, friendly neighbors” who kept to themselves.

“You just wouldn’t expect it,” she said. “It’s just a big shock.”

She said Ms. Hoey worked at a floral shop.

Chris Granico, production manager at Tri-Ad Litho Inc. in Penn Hills said Mr. Hoey worked various jobs at the print shop since August 2006.

An employee there called police Tuesday morning when Mr. Hoey didn’t show up for work, Ms. Granico said. That employee declined an interview request.

Ms. Granico said Mr. Hoey usually arrived at 6:30 or 7 a.m. every day.

“We [called police] because it’s not like Mark not to call, not to show up,” she said, adding that everything seemed fine when he left work Friday.

The family’s dog was removed unharmed from the house, Ms. Orrick said.

Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944. Twitter: @borntolede. First Published October 29, 2013 12:06 PM


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