Friday, June 30, 2000

Brown County couple found dead at home

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        GEORGETOWN, Ohio — A husband and wife are dead in Brown County but authorities and neighbors are saying little about what happened.

        Brown County Sheriff's detectives are investigating what they suspect was a homicide and suicide involving a Robertson Road couple who were found shot to death in their rural home near the Clermont County line at 12:18 a.m. Thursday.

        Brown County Staff Lt. Frank Lambros, one of the sheriff's investigators, said detectives are keeping most details of the inci dent confidential until the investigation progresses. He declined to say which person appears to have been the killer.

        “It appears to be a domestic-related homicide and suicide,” said Sheriff Windell Crawford. Dead are Herman Leon Neal, 62, and his wife, Karen Michelle Neal, 42.

Awaiting autopsies
        Lt. Lambros said an autopsy was being conducted at the Hamilton County Coroner's Office on Mrs. Neal and at the Montgomery County Coroner's Office in Dayton on Mr. Neal.

        Until then, Lt. Lambros said he will not comment on where the bodies were found or even whether they were discovered inside or outside the home.

        He declined to say whether a firearm was recovered or where on their persons the victims were shot.

        Mark Sizemore, who lives next door to the Neals, said the couple had two children. He said he found out about the incident when the girlfriend of the Neals' son ran to his house for help Thursday morning. He declined to further discuss the situation.

        Another neighbor, Ruth Hill, said she did not feel comfortable talking about the incident “because there are kids involved” but described the Neals as “good people.”


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