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.

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5 comments

  • 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?

      • Harold Smith

        First, how does spending thousands of dollars to do pointless and unnecessary autopsies on the victims answer any meaningful/legitimate questions or serve the “public interest”; especially with confiscatory property taxation in PA being completely out of control, with over 10,000 properties sold at tax sales every year in PA? It’s simply absurd.

        Second, so what if the family has “questions”? That’s very unfortunate, but it doesn’t rise to the level of a public issue; i.e. it’s an open and shut case with the shooter dead and therefore nobody to prosecute and no extant danger to the public. It is not the taxpayers’ responsibility to pay for a pointless, open-ended forensic analysis, seeking to figure out why a deranged person did what he did, etc.

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