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Published On: Fri, Nov 9th, 2018

Patrick Grap and Jennifer Grap deaths may have been a ‘double suicide’: Coroner says ‘We may never know’

What was first reported as a likely murder suicide in Pell City, Alabama, became less clear after the news from the St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell: “We may never know.”

Concerned co-workers of a Pell City Jennifer Grap called police to perform a welfare check after the woman didn’t show up for work. When officers arrived at the home on Seddon Farms Lane, they discovered the bodies of Jennifer and Patrick Grap on Tuesday, October 30.

St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell later that the cause of death for the couple who were found in their home Tuesday is “undetermined,” and may not be a homicide-suicide but a double-suicide.

“We just don’t know,” Russell said. “We may never know.”

He said two guns were found at the scene. Both victims were shot in the head.

“There is no evidence of anyone else being involved,” Russell said.

Patrick and Jennifer Grap

Pell City police Chief Paul Irwin detailed the case, identifying Jennifer Lynn Grap, 39, and her husband, Patrick Wayne Grap, 47. He confirmed that the couple did not leave a note at the scene as to why either would take his/her own life.

“Officers have spoken with numerous persons who knew the victims, and they reported domestic problems between them, but the Pell City Police Department has never responded to anything at this location, nor have we received any reports until after this devastating event,” Irwin said. “From all of the evidence gathered on the scene and statements taken from friends and family of the deceased, we do not have another reason to believe anyone else was involved in this tragedy. Our prayers go out to the friends and family of this young couple.”

Police say the two were married and both worked in Birmingham. Those who knew the couple reported domestic problems between them, but Pell City police never responded to the home in the past.

“We hope that this can be a wake-up call to anyone who knows someone who is living in a relationship that needs help,” Irwin said. “The Pell City Police Department and other law enforcement agencies will vigorously investigate and prosecute any type of domestic-related offenses in hopes that this type of event will never reoccur in our city or any other place.”

He said the investigation into the couple’s death continues. Anyone with information is encourage to call the Pell City Police Department at 205-884-3400.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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