Two women dead, murder-suicide suspected by police

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) - Baxter County authorities say the deaths of a woman and her mother in rural Mountain Home appear to be a murder-suicide.

Sheriff John Montgomery says the bodies of 46-year-old Nancy Vanette Frank and 79-year-old Louise Gipson were found in Gipson's home about 4 p.m. Monday by relatives checking on Gipson.

Montgomery says it appears Frank shot and killed her mother then killed herself. He says a letter written by Frank indicated her mother was in poor health and didn't want to be a burden on her family.

The bodies are being sent to the state medical examiner's office for autopsies.

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