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November 10, 2010

Married couple found dead

Apparent victims of homicide-suicide in their Corbin home

CORBIN — By Becky Killian / Managing Editor

A married couple was found dead in their Corbin home Tuesday of an apparent homicide-suicide, according to Corbin Police Chief David Campbell.

Officials believe Lloyd Walters, 92, shot his wife, Mattie Walters, 84, before he turned the gun on himself, Campbell said. Both suffered gunshot wounds to the head.

Police were called to the Walters’ home after 9 p.m. Tuesday after the couple’s son found them. The son had been contacted after neighbors tried to contact the Walters after noticing the couple hadn’t been following their usual routine.

Lynn Goins, who lives next door to the Walters, said she and Brian Thorpe, another neighbor, had knocked on the couple’s doors and tried to look into their windows after they noticed mail and newspapers piling up on their doorstep.

Neighbors said the couple had lived in the 802 W. 5th Street house for a long time.

Lloyd Walters had worked at Jellico Grocery and Mattie Walters had worked as a nurse.

Lloyd Walters was routinely seen tending his lawn and neighbors said he never allowed a single leaf to linger on his sidewalk.

However, Goins said she noticed Lloyd Walters did not put out his trash for pickup this week.

“We knew something was wrong though,” Goins said.

Mattie Walters had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s within the past year and her husband had struggled to care for her, Goins said. Campbell confirmed that Corbin police had been to the home a few times after Mattie Walters had wandered away.

Although the couple had always been self-sufficient, Goins said Mattie Walters fell about a week ago and her husband had to call neighbors over to help him lift her.

The last time anybody had contact with the Walters was Sunday, Campbell said.

The couple was found in the living room of their home.

After midnight today, police and Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley continued to investigate the deaths.

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