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Deputies: Penfield homicide victim died from strangulation

Deputies: Penfield homicide victim died from strangulation

November 08, 2018 08:25 AM

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office released the cause of death Wednesday for the Penfield homicide victim. 

According to the Monroe County Medical Examiner, 51-year-old Wendy Ford died of strangulation. She also suffered blunt force trauma injuries to her head.

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Wendy Ford was found dead in her Collingsworth Drive home in Penfield on Oct. 31.

Following her death, investigators went to Riga where they found 76-year-old Florence Ford unresponsive in her Leibeck Road home. Investigators say Florence also suffered serious physical injury wounds to her head and remains in guarded condition at Strong Hospital. 

Fifty-two-year-old Arnold Ford Jr. is believed to be responsible for both the homicide and attempted homicide. He was found dead in Erie, Pennsylvania from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Investigators believe the murder victim was Ford Jr.'s wife and that Florence was his mother.

Police say Arnold Jr. used a hammer on both his victims but used a .40 caliber gun, legally owned and registered to his wife, on himself. 

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