Police confirmed Tuesday that they believe a couple found dead in their home over the weekend died from a murder-suicide.
Michael and Eileen Benedetti were found in their home on Hay River Street on Saturday, but it’s not clear when they died. Neighbors said they hadn’t seen the couple since last Monday.
Police say they were called to the couple’s home by a man who said he was worried that he had not seen the couple for a while. Police say they found Michael Benedetti, 46, dead of an apparent suicide.
Eileen Yinfenlai Benedetti, 57, was also found dead of an apparent homicide. The cause of her death is undetermined pending a medical examiner’s report, police said.
Garner officers had responded to two domestic incidents at 308 Hay River St. in the last 11 years, in 2004 and 2010. Neither call resulted in charges against either of the Benedettis, police said.
Carl High, who lives across the street, said the couple moved to the neighborhood a few months before his family moved there in 2003 and described them as friendly..
“They had a little altercation every now and then but for the most part it was OK,” High said. “If they had an argument she would ask us if she could come over. And then next time we would see them and they were happy and back together. I would have never thought something like this would happen.”
High said his wife and Eileen Benedetti would go walking together, and the couple came over from time to time.
But in the last year the Benedettis began to keep to themselves, High said.
The man who called 911 Saturday morning told the dispatcher that Michael Benedetti had been pulled over a couple of weeks ago and was caught with a “crack pipe or something of that nature.” Police confirmed Tuesday that Benedetti had been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia on Jan. 31 and was released.