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Mother found bodies of daughter, son-in-law in murder-suicide

Posted December 4, 2012 2:26 p.m. EST
Updated December 4, 2012 6:11 p.m. EST

— The bodies of a Holly Springs couple who died in a murder-suicide at their home were discovered by the female victim’s mother, according to a 911 call released Tuesday.

In the emotional, five-minute phone call made Monday morning, a woman tells an emergency call-taker, “He shot my daughter to death, I think. I couldn’t look.”

The call sent authorities to the home at 223 Hidden Stream Drive in the Wood Creek subdivision, where investigators found Robert and Amber Seymore, both 38, shot to death inside.

Holly Springs police said Tuesday that a report from the state medical examiner confirmed Robert Seymore shot his wife in the head with a handgun before turning the gun on himself. No suicide note was found.

Investigators said they believed the murder-suicide was sparked by a domestic dispute between the couple earlier that morning. Amber Seymore also called 911 on Nov. 23 because she wanted officers at the home for safety while Robert moved out, police said.

The Seymores had three children ages 2, 6, and 8. A person that police described Monday as a visiting relative had taken the older children to school and returned to the home to find the bodies.

She took the 2-year-old and ran to a neighbor’s house for help.

“I got the baby…I think they’re both dead,” the woman said in the 911 call, describing a bloody scene. “I opened the door and they’re both dead on the floor.”

The woman initially gave the call-taker an incorrect address, but the call-taker was able to obtain the right address from the woman’s cell phone location. While waiting for officers, the woman told the call-taker that a firefighter had arrived to help.

She also told the call-taker that Robert Seymore was a cop. A passer-by, who said the woman flagged him down, got on the phone relayed to the call-taker that the woman said the deceased man was a retired park police officer from California.