(WBRZ News 2) Police are investigating the murder of an elderly couple in Livingston Parish Wednesday.
Officers were first seen early Wednesday morning in the 27000 block of Pete’s Highway at a warehouse sandwiched on the west side of the highway between Doug Wax Lane and Tate Road. The facility shares the address of a business called National Pool Builders.
Inside the building, officers found 70-year-old Patricia Gurley and 72-year-old Frank Gurley dead. Chief Shannon Womack said he personally knew Frank Gurley, who was a retired school teacher.
Police did not disclose the manner of the their deaths in a Wednesday news conference, but Chief Womack described it as the most "heinous and senseless" crime he's seen in his time with the department.
Police said they were called to check on the Gurleys, who had not been seen or heard since Monday morning. It's still unclear when the couple was killed.
A neighbor tells WBRZ a car hastily pulled into the property about two or three nights ago. A short while after the car had pulled up, he heard what sounded like two gunshots and later noticed the vehicle had left.
Police have not released any info on a potential suspect, but said they believe the person responsible has likely fled the state. Investigators also suspect the victims knew their assailant.
National Pool Builders was founded in 1982, according to business filings with state business regulators. he business appears to be owned by the husband and wife. State regulators reported the couple’s home address was different from the business address.