The Allen County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the apparent murder-suicide of a Glasgow couple. The bodies were discovered just before noon Saturday in the parking lot of Ranger Bob’s Bait and Tackle Shop just across the Barren County line in Allen County.

Authorities said 52-year-old Daryl Wilson, a custodian at Western Kentucky University, fatally shot his wife, Connie, 54, in the back of the head with a single-shot shotgun before turning the gun on himself.

It appeared Mrs. Wilson was sleeping in the back seat of the couple’s four-door Oldsmobile passenger car at the time of her death, said the cases lead investigator Detective Charlie Drummond.

Daryl Wilson was scheduled to appear in Barren County Court later today to face theft charges.

The couple left a suicide note signed by both Mr. and Mrs. Wilson explaining their decision to take their own lives, Drummond said. The note did not make mention of Daryl Wilson’s legal troubles, but appeared to be written to family members and said the couple had been contemplating suicide since mid-January.

Family members, fearing the worst after statements by the couple about possibly taking their lives, filed a missing persons report on Friday when the couple went missing, authorities said.

Connie Wilson, a former longtime employee of the Glasgow Daily Times, was employed approximately 15 years at the newspaper where she worked as a compositor or composing clerk. Friends of the couple and former co-workers of Connie Wilson say they are shocked by the news of the deaths.

“I just can’t hardly believe it,” said Martha Thomas, a GDT employee who worked with Wilson for a number of years. “She was a really hard worker and loved her family. Connie never met a stranger,” Thomas said of her long-time friend. “They were good family people.”

“It’s just very shocking. She was a good friend,” added Rita Shepherd.

Others say they will remember Wilson’s good-natured spirit. “She was very big-hearted,” Teresa Furlong said. Connie Wilson’s former boss, Chuck Roberts, production director for the newspaper, said he was both shocked and saddened by the news.

“She was a good worker and a good person to know,” Roberts said.

Allen County officials anticipate closing the case sometime this week. “It was basically cut and dried,” Drummond said, calling the couple’s deaths a murder-suicide, but acknowledged the apparent suicide pact between husband and wife.

For more information about funeral services for the couple, see obituaries on page three.


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