A 58-year-old man who was found dead in a Glen Cove house with a dead 84-year-old woman shot himself, but the woman’s cause of death remains unclear, Nassau County police said.
The pair was found after Glen Cove city police and Adult Protective Services officials went to the house Milford Lane to check on their well-being at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday following an anonymous tip. Their names were not immediately released.
“There is no indication that this is a random act of violence…or that they were targeted,” Det. Lt. John Azzata, commander of the Nassau police Homicide Squad, told reporters Thursday. “If she died of natural causes and he committed suicide, it could be out of love.”
The woman had been dead for “longer than days,” he said, noting that investigators found some signs of trauma on her body.
He added that there were seven cats in the house, some of which were dead. Most of the live cats have been captured and sent to a shelter while the traps have been set for the remainder, he said.
Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi said there had been more cats in the past at the house, which has been subject of complaints and “red flags” from city code enforcement officers.
The bodies were taken to the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office, where autopsies are being conducted to determined their cause of death.