Wednesday, May 23, 2012
"WATSONTOWN, PA — A woman’s death in Northumberland County has been ruled a homicide, according to the coroner.
"Police said JoAnn Mitchell, 69, was shot in the chest in her home near Watsontown by her boyfriend, 85-year-old Earl Beck. Investigators said after killing Mitchell, Beck then shot and killed himself.
"Their bodies were found Tuesday evening.
"The couple who neighbors said kept to themselves is now dead. Authorities said Beck shot Mitchell in the chest, then shot himself at their home on Shreck Road in Delaware Township.
"Neighbors said Mitchell and Beck had been together for 30 years but were not married. They added the couple had been fighting recently and Mitchell wanted to move out of the house."