Deputies: Man killed wife, severely beat his mother before killing himself

October 31, 2018 11:32 PM

One woman is dead and another is in critical condition following a murder in Penfield and attempted murder in Riga Wednesday morning.

Deputies responded to a welfare call at a home on Collingsworth Drive around 10:30 a.m. where they found a woman dead inside. Her identity has not yet been released.


At 11:10 a.m., deputies responded to Leibeck Road in Riga as part of the investigation and found 75-year-old Florence Ford of Riga who was unresponsive. 

Deputies believe she had been in that condition for a couple of hours. She is currently in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Investigators say that both victims appear to have been bludgeoned. 

Throughout the investigation, deputies tracked down a person of interest identified as 52-year-old Arnold Ford Jr. near Erie, Pennsylvania.

State Police in Pennsylvania found Ford Jr. dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a vehicle. 

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

Watch the Monroe County Sheriff's Office press conference below:


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