Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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 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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. The homer that almost was hurts Rays in Tuesday's loss



  2. Neil deGrasse Tyson, John Cleese, Ana Gasteyer, more coming to the Straz Center in Tampa


    Get ready to mix some science, comedy and music in with your diet of Broadway musicals in Tampa.

  3. Review: Sedaris' diaries reveal, but not too much, in 'Theft by Finding'


    Ever wonder why David Sedaris' life is so much funnier than yours?

  4. Forecast: Gusty winds for Tampa Bay ahead of potentially severe storms this afternoon


    After weeks of exceptional drought, Tampa Bay residents should brace for clusters of downpours Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday morning.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]
  5. Florida education news: Achievement gap, testing, bilingual teachers and more


    ACHIEVEMENT GAP: The Pinellas County School Board approves a plan to improve the education of black students in the district.