HAZLETON — Police and the Luzerne County coroner’s office are trying to learn what led to an apparent murder-suicide. Two bodies were discovered Sunday night in a home on Penn Court.
Police were called just after 8 p.m. Sunday, after a report of a couple found “unresponsive.” Officers found a man and a woman dead.
Neighbors say this is where Wayne and Michelle Volciak lived, and the county coroner says this where they died.
Jessica Smith was their neighbor for four years.
“They were really nice people. They seemed so normal. Family picnics, they seemed so happy and normal,” Smith said.
Smith says Wayne, a former state employee, will be remembered for his lawn and garden skills, the way he kept his property neat and clean, plus his love of polka music.
Michelle had a cake baking business, called “Michelle’s Creative Cakes.” Some of her work was on her web site and Smith said she recently had a chance to sample one of Jessica’s cakes.
“They were excellent,” said Smith. “Michelle made them. Pudding icing, just made one for my mom’s 70th birthday. They were really nice, awesome people.”
The coroner tells us they believe Wayne shot Michelle.
Smith says there was never a sign of trouble here, so what happened was clearly a shock.