Melvin James Baptie, 70, apparently shot his wife, 68-year-old Karen Sue Baptie, then fatally shot himself, Nampa police reported Wednesday afternoon.
Why that happened is still basically a mystery, Nampa Police Sgt. Joe Ramirez said, although the husband left a suicide note addressing a family member.
The couple were found Tuesday by Nampa officers conducting a welfare check. One of Karen Baptie’s co-workers had called police, concerned because she had not shown up for work or called in. Melvin Baptie was retired, Ramirez said.
No one reported hearing any disturbance or loud noises at the couple’s home in Gold Crest Communities, a retirement subdivision off Orchard Avenue in West Nampa, police said. The home is in the 500 block of Cornwall Drive.
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The couple had no children and no local relatives, Ramirez said. Both of the Bapties had health issues, he said, but none were reported as serious.
“I don’t know that we’ll ever know exactly why this happened,” he said, adding that the investigation is continuing.