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Authorities: 2 dead in Dawsonville murder-suicide
Sheriff: Man, woman believed to be in relationship
Two dead

DAWSONVILLE — An incident authorities are calling a murder-suicide left two people dead Wednesday at a home in downtown Dawsonville.

“We had a disturbance call in about 1 p.m. and just a short time ago we determined we had two deceased persons in the residence,” said Johnny Holtzclaw, a spokesman for the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office.

Though authorities initially described the incident only as a dispute, officials confirmed through social media that the deaths appear to be a murder-suicide. And they are now saying the two people, identified as a man and a woman, were likely in a relationship.

Officials say it appears that they both lived at the home where the bodies were located.

While the scene on Maple Hill Drive is an active investigation, Holtzclaw said that there was no further cause for alarm from nearby residents and businesses.

“This situation is over and contained and our investigative teams are working the scene,” he said.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia State Patrol assisted with the case.

“The scene was not safe when we arrived. We believed it was a pretty heated situation,” said Holtzclaw, adding that law enforcement officers set up a perimeter, but didn’t take “offensive action.”

 

Frank Reddy of the FCN regional staff contributed to this report.