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12-082 Detectives Investigate Apparent Murder-Suicide In Palm Harbor Residence

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Robbery/Homicide Unit
Patrol Operations Bureau
Support Services Bureau
-Crime Scene Investigation Unit

Donalyn Clark Walsh (Murder Victim)
DOB: 10/17/1958
Address: 1909 Forest View Drive, Palm Harbor

Stephen Douglas Walsh (Suicide)
DOB: 06/20/1953
Address: 1909 Forest View Drive, Palm Harbor

What:  Detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit are investigating an apparent murder-suicide of a husband and wife in a Palm Harbor residence.

Where:  The crime occurred at a private residence located at 1909 Forest View Drive in Palm Harbor.

When:  Deputies responded to the residence at about 11:50 a.m. on April 24, 2012.

The murder-suicide occurred on April 22, 2012.

How/Why: 

According to detectives, 53-year-old Donalyn Clark Walsh and her husband 53-year-old Stephen Douglas Walsh were found deceased in their Palm Harbor home by their adult children.

Detectives say the adult children were concerned about the well being of their parents, as they had not heard from them since Sunday, April 22, 2012. They went to their home on the morning of April 24th, knocked on the door and there was no answer. The adult children made a forced entry into the residence to find both their parents deceased. 

According to investigators, Stephen Walsh shot Donalyn Walsh then turned the gun, a 40 caliber semi automatic, on himself.

Detectives say that on April 22nd, 2012 deputies responded to the home on a family trouble call, as Mr. and Ms. Walsh were having a verbal argument.

While deputies were on scene, Ms. Walsh left the residence. Detectives say she returned home later that evening. Investigators say the murder-suicide occurred the evening of April 22.

The investigation continues. 

 

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