Nancy Ann Wright, 85
Nancy Ann Wright, an 85-year-old white woman, was found dead Wednesday, July 27, in the 1000 block of Palms Boulevard in Venice, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 7:30 a.m., a construction worker looked into a home’s backyard and saw a man hanging from a tree, said LAPD Det. Tyler Adams.
The man, identified as Charles Wright, an 83-year-old white man, also had a gunshot wound to the head, according to coroner’s records.
After discovering the man, police found Nancy Wright in a bedroom in the home with gunshot wounds. Nancy Wright was pronounced dead at 7:31 a.m. at the scene, according to coroner’s records.
Police believe that Charles Wright killed Nancy Wright, then hanged himself from a tree and shot himself.
Nancy Wright may have been suffering from dementia and having a difficult time with “day-to-day” activities, Adams said.
Neighbors told NBC4 that the couple were inseparable. Diana Bergamini, a local resident who said she has known the couple for more than 50 years, said Nancy's worsening dementia caused her to become increasingly agitated in recent months.
"He said he was losing sleep. She wandered the house. He changed the locks so she wouldn't go out," Bergamini said.
"I know they always said they'd live and die together," Bergamini said.
Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD West Bureau homicide investigators at (213) 382-9470. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.