Two People Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide in Lackawanna County

RANSOM TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- State police want answers after two people were found dead in a home in Lackawanna County.

Troopers in Dunmore say they spent more than four and a half hours Thursday night looking over evidence from the apparent murder-suicide in Ransom Township.

According to officials, Robert Bowen, 68, of Clarks Summit shot and killed Barbara Naumann, 58, of Dunmore before turning the gun on himself.

Police would not say what the relationship was between Bowen and Naumann, but troopers believe the two knew each other.

Authorities say the bodies were found inside this home along Ransom Road in Ransom Township earlier Thursday morning, but troopers believe the shooting could have happened sometime Wednesday night.

Autopsies on Thursday confirmed both victims died from the gunshot wounds.

Troopers are inside the barracks in Dunmore trying to piece together a motive.

4 comments

  • Fuji086

    Such an unfortunate case, as all murder-suicides are. Perhaps human curiosity is why people want to find out why someone would do such a thing.

  • Harold Smith

    “State police want answers after two people were found dead in a home in Lackawanna County.”

    Perhaps I can help. Here is the information you need: “According to officials, Robert Bowen, 68, of Clarks Summit shot and killed Barbara Naumann, 58, of Dunmore before turning the gun on himself.”

    Since the shooter is dead and therefore can neither be prosecuted nor can he threaten anyone else, the case is closed. There’s no need to waste time (and taxpayers money) trying to figure out why a deranged person did what he did.

    “Autopsies on Thursday confirmed both victims died from the gunshot wounds.”

    Seriously? Since it was obvious beforehand that the victims died from gunshot wounds and since there is nobody to prosecute, why did the coroner order autopsies? Why waste thousands of dollars of property taxpayers’ money on pointless and unnecessary autopsies? Why not let the dead rest in peace?

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