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The OSBI investigates murder-suicide in Johnston County

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JOHNSTON COUNTY -- A Texoma community is in shock after a teen and his grandmother are found dead in what investigators say appears to be a murder- suicide. It happened Monday in Johnston County, south of Coleman.

"It was terrible. It was really terrible," neighbor Dorothy Cross said.

Cross says she'd just picked fresh watermelons and tomatoes from her garden to deliver to a neighbor across Highway 48 South when she stumbled upon a scene she'll never forget.

"I could tell by the front porch, well the blood on the front porch, she was hurt but I never imagined anything like that," Cross said.

The OSBI now says it appears the woman at the home died from a gunshot wound to the head.

At a mobile home next door, Johnston County deputies found Ross Whitmire, 14, dead from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The OSBI says it's investigating the case as a murder, suicide, at this time.

Family members say Whitmire shot and killed his grandmother before turning a gun on himself.

Long-time friends of the woman who live in the small community south of Coleman say they're stunned.

"I just don't understand how it could've happened, you know. But, I realize that things like this do happen, but how could it happen to the sweetest person you've ever seen," neighbor Lon Dean said.

As the OSBI continues its investigation, a spokesperson says the medical examiner will perform an autopsy on both the bodies for an official cause and manner of death.

The OSBI says it's also waiting for doctors to confirm the identity of the woman because her wounds were "so significant."

Meanwhile, photos uploaded to Facebook in July show Whitmire posing with friends.

His more recent update posted Monday, August 12, reads, "Don't know what you have, till you've lost it."

There is no word on a motive. The OSBI says its investigation is ongoing.

[Posted: Aug 13, 2013 11:48 AM CDT]
JOHNSTON COUNTY, OK -- The OBSI is investigating a murder-suicide that happened yesterday in Johnston County, Oklahoma.

Neighbors trying to deliver fresh vegetables, found a female victim inside a home at 11700 Highway 48 South, just outside Coleman. According to officials, it appears she died from a gunshot wound to the head. Johnston County Sheriff's deputies then checked a nearby house and found 14-year-old Ross Whitmire dead of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The medical examiner will perform an autopsy on both bodies. Doctors are expected to confirm the identity of the female victim. Her wounds were so significant, OSBI will not release the name until her identity is confirmed.