(UNION BRIDGE, MD) Maryland State Police are investigating a possible murder suicide in Frederick County.
The deceased is identified as Elliott B. Cheston Jr., 71, of the 8700-block of Green Valley Road in Union Bridge, Maryland. Cheston was pronounced dead at the scene. The remains have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.
The deceased victim is identified as Cornelia M. Cheston, 72, also of the 8700-block of Green Valley Road in Union Bridge, Maryland. Cornelia is the wife of Elliott. She was pronounced dead at the scene and transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.
Shortly before 11:00 a. m. this morning, the Maryland State Police Frederick Barrack received a request from Mrs. Cheston’s daughter. She asked for troopers to check on mother and stepfather. The last time she spoke with them was on April 30th.
Troopers responded to the residence to check on the couple’s well-being. Upon their arrival, troopers observed the house locked but did see one of the couple’s dogs dead in the downstairs area of the residence.
Information was obtained that Mr. Cheston was legally in possession of explosives which may have been kept in the house. The Maryland State Fire Marshal was contacted to address this issue.
Members of the Maryland State Police S.T.A.T.E team responded to make entry into the residence. After forcing entry into the residence, police located Elliott Cheston in the upstairs bedroom with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Mrs. Cheston was found nearby with apparent gunshot wound.
Crime scene technicians from the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division responded to process the scene. Investigators from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit and the Criminal Enforcement Division will continue the investigation. Frederick County Animal Control was called to the scene to dispose of the three deceased canines found at the location.