Elderly Rochester Hills couple found murdered, son arrested

A quiet Rochester Hills neighborhood is rocked after news of a double-homicide of senior citizens.

Police say 87-year-old William Joseph Maurer and 85-year-old Gayle Baird-Maurer were found dead Monday inside a vehicle at their house on East Maryknoll Monday. One was inside the front seat, one inside the back.

Investigators say the couples' suspected killer is their 53-year-old son with a history of mental health issues. According to the medical examiner the couple died from blunt force trauma.

"The family is very upset over what has occurred," said Undersheriff Michael McCabe of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office."Physical evidence was recovered at the scene. We recovered what we believe to be the weapon that was used that caused the blunt force trauma."

As investigators try to learn what led up to brutal murder, they say the suspect is no stranger to them.

"In 2000, he was arrested for domestic violence of both mother and father at that time," McCabe said. "He was convicted in 2000 on misdemeanor charge of domestic violence."

Family members tell investigators the suspect is battling several different demons.

"According to the family he has mental health issues, drug and alcohol issues," McCabe said. "He's been residing with parents ever since."

At this time the suspect is not talking to investigators leaving a family and a community to wonder why.

"I feel really bad," said a neighbor to declined to give her name. "She was always very nice, very sweet, very kind."
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