EAST WENATCHEE — Detectives have completed an investigation into an apparent murder-suicide involving an East Wenatchee husband and wife last month.
Sandra Kaye Buckland, 67, and Robert Lee Buckland, 67, were found dead June 18 in their home on the 100 block of Simon Street, East Wenatchee Police Sgt. James Marshall said Monday.
Detectives suspect Robert Buckland fatally shot Sandra Buckland once in the head before shooting himself in the head, Marshall said.
The East Wenatchee Police Department did not issue a news release when the Bucklands were found.
The Bucklands were found after their daughter, who hadn’t heard from them recently, asked police to conduct a welfare check.
Detectives aren’t sure why Robert Buckland apparently killed his wife.
The incident is suspected domestic violence. Someone who knew the Bucklands told a police officer that the couple had been experiencing financial and health problems, Marshall said.
While there are reports of health problems, Assistant Chief Ray Coble said there’s no evidence, like a terminal illness, to suggest either death was done as a type of mercy killing. There were no notes left behind, either.
“It wasn’t anything like that,” Coble said Tuesday. “We don’t have any specific information. There wasn’t any detailed notes left behind about why things were done that way.”
Relatives are hosting private funeral services, according to Chapel of the Valley.
Police are not actively seeking any suspects and the police investigation is complete, according to Coble.
“We don’t see any reason to believe there’s any other people involved with it besides the two that were there,” he said.
Douglas County Coroner Gordon Edgar said he’s awaiting a complete autopsy report. But Dr. Stanley Adams, who performed the autopsies June 21, confirmed the initial finding that both died of gunshot wounds, said Edgar, who is also the county prosecutor.
Toxicology reports that test for the presence of drugs aren’t complete.
News of the deaths was not made public by the police department. The Wenatchee World inquired about the incident after seeing in death notices published Sunday that the couple died on the same day.
“We didn’t go public with it for the sake of the family,” Coble said. “I don’t know if they want everybody to know mom and dad died that way.”
The department rarely issues news releases and typically releases information to the public only when asked by members of the media or via records requests.
In most cases, The World doesn’t report suicides, but will if the incident includes a homicide.
“And I can see that point of view, too. I get that,” Coble said. “We can discuss as an agency how we want to address that moving forward, but that was kind of our consensus on it at the time, trying to save the family any grief on it.”