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Man commits suicide while police did welfare check on his wife after he killed her because she was suffering from Alzheimer’s

By Mason White 11:41 AM May 11, 2017
Elderly couple (illustration)
Elderly couple (illustration)
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) A man who loved his wife, killed her after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Former police officer 75-year-old Laurence Caulfield of Deltona, Florida, shot himself in his backyard while police searched for his wife.

Officers came to the home to check on his wife Gail, 75, after receiving a call from concerned family members.

Laurence left behind a suicide note, stating that he had killed his wife and buried her in their backyard, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.

A shallow grave was found near the spot, where Laurence killed himself. After a search, human remains were found in the grave. An autopsy will be performed to determine the identity of the deceased.

“All indications are that they were a loving couple. This is just a sad situation,” Chitwood said.

Deputies went to 3177 Canterbury St. about 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, after receiving a call from a concerned family member, asking them to check on the well-being of her parents.

The woman told the deputies that she received a disturbing package on Tuesday, with her parents’ will, life insurance, financial information and contact numbers for their doctor, authorities said.

The package also contained a letter from Laurence, saying that his wife had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and was struggling to cope both physically and emotionally, sheriff’s spokesman Gary Davidson said. The family member told deputies that Laurence Caulfield had guns in the house.