IMPD investigates murder-suicide of 81-year-old man and his 72-year-old wife

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INDIANAPOLIS — An apparent murder-suicide leaves a husband and wife dead on Indy’s south side.

Police called to a home on Meadow Lane to check the welfare of the couple inside on Tuesday when officers found two people dead inside.

Investigators believe 81-year-old Larry Thomas shot his 72-year-old wife Janet, then took his own life.

Larry’s death was ruled a suicide while Janet’s death was determined to be a homicide.

“You know it doesn’t matter how old you are, this can happen to you,” said Lindsay Stawick with the Domestic Violence Network.

Stawick admits studies show domestic violence is more common at younger ages, but no one is immune, regardless of race, income or age.

“One of the highest age brackets where domestic violence is the worst is 16 to 24-years-old, but we do hear about domestic violence happening to all ages all the time,” said Stawick.

A search of police reports doesn’t show any history of previous problems at the couple’s home.

While it’s not clear what motivated the deadly shooting, domestic related incidents have increased significantly during the pandemic.

That’s why experts like Lindsay urge everyone to constantly monitor the mental welfare of their loved ones.

“Just checking in with people to make sure they’re doing okay is the number one piece of advice I would give during this time,” said Stawick.  “I really want people to know we’re still here.  We’re still here to help and keep you safe.”

Anyone who needs help connecting with domestic violence and mental health resources can contact 211.

Anyone with information is asked to call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.

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