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Dunedin man who apparently killed wife, himself had mental issues, authorities say

WEEKI WACHEE — A Dunedin man suspected of killing his wife before committing suicide in the Hernando County wilderness might have been delusional, authorities said Tuesday.

The Hernando Sheriff's Office also released information about how Michael Jones ended his wife Glenna's life before taking his own in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area early Sunday. Deputies found the couple, both 66, in a wooded area with gunshot wounds to the head, said spokeswoman Denise Moloney.

Why Jones might have felt compelled to kill his wife and then turn his Ruger 9mm pistol on himself was still unclear, but he apparently left one final message to the world. Investigators found two copies of a six-page note by Jones, one in the couple's home at 1817 Dinnerbell Lane S in Dunedin, the other in their PT Cruiser. The bodies were found outside the car.

"Michael Jones is believed to have been suffering from mental illness and may have been delusional," Moloney said.

She said the contents of the note will be released when the death investigation is closed.

The couple's son, Kenneth Jones, got a troubling call from his parents early Sunday morning that prompted him to ask Pinellas County sheriff's deputies to check on them.

When deputies arrived, the couple and their tan PT Cruiser were gone, but there were signs that Glenna Jones had been bound at the house, authorities said.

Investigators also found evidence leading them to believe that the couple might be in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area in northwest Hernando County.

About 90 minutes later, Hernando deputies found the couple dead in a wooded part of the sprawling wildlife area west of U.S. 19.

Efforts by the Times to reach Kenneth Jones have been unsuccessful.

A Pinellas sheriff's spokeswoman said the agency is still investigating what happened in the Dunedin house.

Reach Tony Marrero at [email protected] or (352) 848-1431. Follow @tmarrerotimes on Twitter.

Dunedin man who apparently killed wife, himself had mental issues, authorities say 05/21/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:01am]
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