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Official: Couple who wrote apparent suicide pact had long history of medical issues

Apparent homicide-suicide leaves community in shock

Apparent homicide-suicide

HAMILTON TWP., Pa. - A husband and wife who were found dead inside their home Friday had apparently entered into a suicide pact after a long struggle with medical issues, according to a Monroe County official.

Micheal Buckley, 62, and Diana Buckley, 60, of the 2200 block of Ann Street in Hamilton Township, had been dead inside their home for weeks in what officials are calling an apparent homicide-suicide. They were found Friday after a family member requested state police conduct a welfare check.

Diana Buckley shot and killed her husband before turning the gun on herself, according to Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen.

Allen said the couple left behind a suicide note they apparently composed together.

"They both had medical issues for a long time and felt like they couldn't go on any longer," Allen said, referring to information in the suicide note.

Allen said the couple was dead inside the home for at least three weeks. Authorities found mail in the home's mail box postmarked as far back as Feb. 5.

A forensic autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

The apparent homicide-suicide has sent shock waves through a quiet neighborhood.

"It's really sad for everybody," one neighbor said.

Neighbors said it wasn't out of the ordinary for days to pass without seeing the Buckleys.

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