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Divorcing couple killed in apparent murder-suicide, Fairfield Twp. police say

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Posted at 11:54 AM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 15:06:20-04

FAIRFIELD TWP., Ohio  -  A couple going through a divorce died in an apparent murder-suicide over the weekend, police said Monday.

James Welber, 53, apparently shot and killed his wife, 52-year-old  Rebecca Welber, then shot himself, according to Fairfield Township police.

A police officer and a sheriff's deputy discovered the bodies in their home in the 5800 block of Brooke Meadows Court around noon Saturday.  They had arrived to do a welfare check after James Welber had missed work the previous two days, according to a police report.

Air Care transported James Welber to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he died from a single gunshot  to the head. Rebecca Welber was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds. 9mm Glock handgun was recovered  at the scene,

Rebecca Welber's death has been ruled a homicide following an autopsy by the Butler County coroner. The Hamilton County coroner is performing an autopsy on James Welber,