Man Killed Wife Days Before Killing Self

LA MESA -- An elderly La Mesa man apparently beat and smothered his wife before using prescription medicine days later to end his own life.
In its final report on the two deaths, police said that on Wednesday, October 14 officers responded to a residence in the 6900 block of Wyoming Avenue in La Mesa and found a deceased man and woman in the home. This case has been ruled a murder/suicide.

The dead have been identified as Rose M. Welch, 73 years old, and William R. Welch, 77 years old. The Welchs were husband and wife.

Police believe that Mrs. Welch was murdered by Mr. Welch. Based on the autopsy it appears that Mrs. Welch sustained multiple blunt force trauma injuries to her head and was asphyxiated. Several days later Mr. Welch committed suicide by apparently overdosing on prescription medications. The Welch’s adult daughter and her boyfriend were aware of the circumstances and eventually reported the deaths to the police.

The La Mesa Police Department worked with the District Attorney’s office on this investigation and no criminal charges will be submitted to the District Attorney’s office. There will be no further information released.

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Comment by Beverly Linkhart on October 23, 2015 at 7:43am

Incredibly sad. Has the investigation in the grandmother/granddaughter deaths been completed?

Comment by Barry Jantz on October 22, 2015 at 5:55pm
So very sad.

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