Two Elderly People Shot in Car Near Fort Bragg May Be Suicide Pact
Press release the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:
On 3/4/2018 around 8:10 PM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received a report of two elderly persons found deceased inside a vehicle in the 24000 Block of Highway 20 in Fort Bragg, CA. Deputies later identified the couple as Wolfgang and Linda Bayer (husband and wife), from Burlingame, CA. Deputies confirmed that both persons were deceased from gunshot wounds. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detective Unit was called to the scene to investigate the deaths.
Detectives did not observe anything at the scene that indicated there was a different party involved in the incident aside from the two deceased persons. Subsequent investigation revealed the couple had forwarded a letter to a relative, prior to them coming to Mendocino County, outlining they had extensive medical problems as well as being in financial difficulties.
Based upon the scene investigation as well as additional information learned from relatives the case appears to have been a suicide pact between husband and wife and there are no indications of foul play or evidence any other party was involved in the incident.