WILDER – Autopsies have been completed on three family members who were found dead in an apparent double murder-suicide Friday evening in their home on Chandler Road.
Hartford Police Chief Glenn Cutting said Monday morning that detectives believe that Barry Facto, 50, was the person who killed his mother Peggy McCoy, 71, and his stepfather, Robert McCoy, 80, in the home that all three had shared ever since Robert McCoy had the two-story Colonial residence built back in 1977.
Cutting said that couple’s bodies were discovered further inside the house late Friday evening after a police sergeant conducting a welfare check looked in through the windows and spotted Barry Facto’s body on the floor of the attached three-car garage.
Cutting said the formal results of the autopsy have not yet been shared with police by the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner’s Office, although he said that could happen as early as Monday afternoon. Cutting also said investigators were still waiting to talk with the McCoy’s youngest daughter, who was returning from Colorado to be with family members, including several other sisters and numerous grandchildren who live in Vermont.
Police have not said how they think Facto killed his parents and then himself but Chief Cutting did say that no firearms were involved.
Asked whether Facto left a note or anything that would give an explanation for the deaths, which police believe could have taken place as early as Monday of last week, Cutting said, "There was something in the house that will probably be of help to the investigation as we try to determine a motive."
Read more in tomorrow's Rutland Herald.
Reporting by Correspondent Eric Francis