Police say medical issues left Penfield man disconnected, troubled

November 02, 2018 06:05 AM

One day after police say a Penfield man killed his wife and attempted to kill his own mother, investigators are still searching for a motive. 

Neighbors confirm that Wendy Ford is the wife of Arnold Ford Jr., better known as Andy, who died Wednesday morning at the hands of her husband.  

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"I don't know what precipitated this. Nobody knows of course what precipitated the change," said Carol Frey, longtime neighbor of the Fords. 

Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter confirms with News10NBC Wednesday that there were no 'calls to service' to the Collingsworth Drive home, meaning no domestic violence or mental health calls, but it's not something the department is ruling out. 

Authorities are now looking at an email Ford sent to coworkers Wednesday morning, followed by his absence at work, which sparked fellow employees to call 911 for a welfare check. 

"It's unique from the standpoint it wasn't an overall threat to himself or somebody else. It was a rambling email," explained Sheriff Baxter. "There were a lot of particular names in there, not that he was mad at anyone, but just mentioning coworkers or family members and particularly speaking about his injuries and being injured."

Sheriff Baxter says the injury is an arm injury, particularly Ford's elbow.

"He was having a difficult time recovering from that injury," Baxter added. "They were troubling him and leaving him feeling disconnected at work but again, still trying to put that together." 

According to interviews conducted, some loved ones believe the injury may have been creating some sort of disconnect for the Penfield man. 

"We did find reasoning as to what caused this to occur," said Sheriff Baxter. "There were medical issues he had trouble with leading him down a path of discomfort." 

News10NBC has learned that Ford Jr. was a software developer working at Getinge, an international medical technology company, and his wife was a rehabilitation counselor. 

The couple had no kids, two cats, enjoyed the outdoors and were even part of the community garden.

When deputies conducted the welfare check Wednesday, they found Ford's wife dead. 

When rushing to check on other family members', deputies found his 75-year-old mother, Florence Ford, nearly beaten to death at her Riga home.

She remains in critical condition at the hospital. Police say the Penfield man used a hammer on both his victims. 

The investigation then led them to Pennsylvania where officers say Ford took his own life with a .40 caliber gun, legally owned and registered to his wife. 


Beth Cefalu

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