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New Albany chief investigating two dead

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Updated: 7/07 8:30 pm
NEW ALBANY, Miss (WTVA) -- At 701 East Shady Lane in New Albany the yellow crime scene tape still surrounds the property.

It's an investigation in the deaths of 78 year old Carroll and 77 year old Patricia Mason of New Albany.

"I don't believe that both of them just happened to die at the same time, no," said New Albany Polce Chief Chris Robertson.

Robertson says a neighbor called police Sunday afternoon when they had not seen the two residents in a while.

"Basically the nieghbor told us that they hadn't seen them in a couple of days and they wanted us to go check on them," Robertson said.

One person was found in the master bathroom and the other was found in the hallway bathroom.

The chief said the bodies had been there for several days and had started to decompose, but he adds there was nothing about the bodies to indicate the two had been shot or robbed.

Nor was this a case of home invasion, adds Robertson.

"We're looking into many different avenues "he responded.

The chief says they may find some answers once they get results back from autopsies at the state crime lab.

The couple had apparently been married for several years, he said, and had deep ties to the community. The crime has many wondering what happened.

"Because there's so much going on. You don't ever know. You're not safe anywhere," said Mary Killough of the Pinedale Community in Union County.

"That's crazy. It doesn't usually happen that close to home like that. It usually happens on tv or big cities but never this close to home," replied Robert Jones.

"Oh it's really sad, its really sad," said Mary Knox.

Chief Robertson says there are a lot of questions yet to be answered, but he hopes to get some answers by the end of the week from the state crime lab. 

Chief Robertson says the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations crime scene unit and the Union County Sheriff's Department are assisting in the investigation.
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