Police: Morrisville deaths were likely murder-suicide

aramos@newsobserver.comMay 6, 2014 

— Police are investigating the deaths of a husband and wife found dead in their Morrisville home Monday as a murder-suicide.

Melissa Eileen Preston, 43, and Jonathan Edward Preston, 46, were found shot to death at the 2016 Weaver Forest Way residence they rented in the Providence Place subdivision. Their three young children were not home at the time.

Morrisville spokeswoman Stephanie Smith said the case is considered a murder-suicide, but she declined to say whether police know which member of the couple was the shooter.

A man who called 911 Monday morning said the Prestons “were having problems” before they were found dead.

The caller, who was not identified, said he and his wife were close friends from out of town and were staying with the couple at their home when he heard gunshots coming from the master bedroom Monday morning.

“I’m not going up there. It sounded like shots fired,” the caller told a dispatcher after he went outside to call 911.

“It was probably like 10 shots,” he said. “It sounded like a small caliber gun.”

Melissa Preston worked from home as co-owner of jewelry business RockHill Designs. Jonathan Preston worked for Microsoft.

Melissa Preston was a high school volleyball and basketball athlete who went on to study merchandising at Washington State University. She met Jonathan Preston as a teenager, and the two eventually married. The couple lived in Washington state in both Spokane and Camas with a brief stint in China. They moved to Morrisville in 2012.

The couple’s three children who range in age from 8 to 14 attend Weatherstone Elementary School in Cary and West Cary Middle School.

Wake County Public Schools sent a note home to the parents from the two schools and is offering counseling services, said spokeswoman Renee McCoy.

Ramos: 919-460-2609

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