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Couple dies in double suicide at beach
Medical examiners with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at Savannah are to conduct autopsies today on the bodies of a married couple who investigators say committed suicide this past weekend on a public Jekyll Island beach.

The bodies of the 56-year-old Brunswick man and his 53-year-old wife were found by a Jekyll Island visitor shortly before 7 a.m. Saturday on the beach at Great Dunes Park, 70 North Beachview Drive, according to Stacey Carson of the GBI office at Kingsland.

Each had apparently died from a shotgun wound, but Carson did not say where each had been shot or the gauges of the shotguns.

According to a report by the Georgia State Patrol, which patrols Jekyll Island because it is a state park, troopers found two shotguns, what they said was a suicide note and two wills near the bodies. Troopers turned the case over to the GBI because the state patrol does not handle death investigations.

Carson declined to comment on the contents of the note or wills.

The News is not identifying the couple, in line with its policy not to identify apparent suicide victims or to report locations of deaths that would identify victims. In this case, the deaths occurred on a public beach and were openly discoverable.

* Reporter Michael Hall writes about public safety, environment and other local topics. Contact him at, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 320.

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