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Elderly Vilas County couple found dead


EAGLE RIVER (WAOW) - The Vilas County Sheriff's Department says an elderly couple was found dead after a grandson alerted police that his grandfather needed help "because he would be deceased."

The deaths of Richard Thruman, 78, and his 75-year-old wife, Sandra, are being investigated as an apparent murder-suicide, Sheriff Joe Fath said Monday. The couple was found dead at their Presque Isle home on Saturday night, he said.

Investigators believe the husband killed his wife and then himself, Fath said.

"I am hoping we can find out why," the sheriff said. "I had investigators meeting with family members this afternoon. There were a couple of notes."

No other details were released.

Fath said the Dane County Sheriff's Department transferred a 911 call to Vilas County about 8:30 p.m. Saturday reporting "a possible domestic problem" at the Thrumans' home.

"The grandson received a call from his grandfather requesting to send help because he would be deceased," Fath said.

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