NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Sheriff’s detectives continue investigating after three people were found dead at a home on Meadowlark Lane Friday.
Investigators say right now, evidence reveals that the crime appears to be a murder-suicide. They say further information will be released once the autopsies are completed on today.
Investigators say the bodies of Darrell Simpson, 79, Linda Simpson, 79, and Steven Heald, 59, were found in a home in the 7700 block of Meadowlark Lane. They say the call came in as a welfare check, but when deputies got to the house, they found three people dead inside.
Plantation Village, where the scene unfolded, is a gated retirement community. Folks who live there say the area is usually very peaceful.
“It is really quiet around here,” Levin Lakes said. “Nobody ever bothers anybody.”
That quiet atmosphere of the community changed Friday afternoon.
“I was very concerned, I still am,” Lakes said.
But the Sheriff says there is no need for anyone to worry.
“There is no threat to the community,” New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said. “At this point, we are not looking for anyone.”
Investigators say the crime happened inside the home, but that address has not yet been released.
“This was all contained within this one residence,” said Sheriff McMahon.
Neighbors we talked to said the people who live there kept to themselves.
“My understanding is that they knew very few people and did not participate much in the activities of this community,” Lakes said.
While the community is still on edge, some have found a bit of comfort.
“The fact that we have been informed by the management of this place that everything is under control and we need to not worry, I’m sure has calmed out concerns,” Lakes said.
Now, investigators await the results from the autopsy to help determine exactly what happened.