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Murder-suicide suspected in N. Versailles deaths

Daily News | Eric Slagle
A North Versailles Township couple was found dead in their Thomas Avenue home on Tuesday. Police say they are investigating the matter as case of murder and suicide.

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Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 4:31 a.m.

A couple was found dead in their North Versailles Township home on Tuesday morning, and police are investigating it as a murder and suicide.

Police were called to the home of Mark and Erin Hoey when township emergency dispatchers received a call around 8:15 a.m. that Mark Hoey had failed to report to work.

Neighbors said Mark Hoey, 48, worked in the printing industry. Erin Hoey, 45, was a florist.

According to police Chief Vince DiCenzo, police went to the home in the 100 block of Thomas Avenue and found the bodies. Investigators at the scene would not discuss the cause of death for either nor indicate who was the victim.

“It's still under investigation,” DiCenzo said.

Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office confirmed the couple's identity.

The cause and manner of death will be dtermined by autopsies.

Neighbors described the couple as friendly and said they often worked in their yard.

“They were very nice people,” said Jacky Orrick, who lives across the street. Orrick said that, when she and her husband moved into their home, “Mark was the first one to come over and welcome us to the neighborhood.”

Orrick described the couple as “just your average friendly neighbors.”

Orrick said she had heard the couple argue on a few occasions but didn't think it was anything out of the ordinary.

“My husband and I argue, too,” she said.

Orrick said the couple seemed to be keeping to themselves recently, but she said news of their deaths is shocking.

“You just don't expect it,” she said.

Neighbors said Erin Hoey has an adult daughter who did not live with the couple.

Authorities safely removed the Hoey's dog from the house, neighbors said.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1966, or

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