Oneida police are talking about what’s now being called a double homicide investigation into the deaths of an elderly couple. During a news conference Thursday, Oneida Police Chief Richard VanBoxtel identified the victims as 77-year-old Harry Brown Bear and his 67-year-old wife, Lorraine Brown Bear.
VanBoxtel said a neighbor called police to ask about a welfare check after not seeing the Brown Bear’s for a few days. Officers arrived at the couple’s home Wednesday morning and found their bodies, which had been there for several days.
VanBoxtel won’t say how the couple was killed but reiterated that the public is not in danger.
“From the time that the people were deceased to when we found them was several days,” said VanBoxtel. “If there was imminent risk, I think something would have already happened by now.”
Oneida Police said autopsies were performed Thursday afternoon.