Police: Garden Road slayings murder, suicide

11:00 am | November 14, 2013

While police say that they have determined the cause of death for a slain Elizabethton couple, they say the reason behind those deaths remains unclear.

On Wednesday afternoon, in a press release, Elizabethton Police Department Capt. Joy Markland said that all evidence indicates that Michael Griffin, 49, shot his wife, Melissa Griffin, 43, “multiple times” before turning the gun on himself.

Although the evidence may indicate what happened, Markland added that there is, as of yet, no indication as to why it happened.

“Unfortunately, we do not have any solid information or indication of a motive,” she said.

The Griffins’ bodies were found inside their home at 1508 Garden Road on the afternoon of Oct. 27 by a family friend, who then contacted 911.

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