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UPDATE: Couple Identified in Suspected Laguna Beach Murder-Suicide

A co-worker discovers the grisly Laguna Beach scene after the suspected gunman fails to show up at work.

UPDATE, 7:10 P.M.: Police suspect Brown shot his wife first, Laguna Beach police Capt. Jason Kravetz said.

"We think it happened Tuesday in the very early morning hours,'' because that's when a neighbor heard gunshots, Kravetz said.

However, police weren't notified until 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, when they were called about the shooting.

Investigators suspect the couple was having financial issues, Kravetz said.

"They hadn't lived in California very long,'' Kravetz said. "She's from South Carolina and he's originally from Kentucky. They were in the process of moving back to South Carolina when this happened." Michael Brown worked in the information technology industry, Kravetz said.

UPDATE, 4:10 P.M.: According to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, the name of the man involved in the shooting has been identified as Michael Brown. The female victim has been identified as Mendy Brown, his wife. Two guns were recovered at the scene, Kravetz said.

ORIGINAL POST: A 49-year-old Laguna Beach man apparently shot and killed his wife and dog before turning the gun on himself Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The grisly scene was discovered by one of the man's co-workers, who came to the couple's home in the 800 block of La Mirada Street after the man didn't show up to work. After entering through an unlocked door, the co-worker found the victims downstairs, according to a press release from the Laguna Beach Police Department.

The co-worker then rushed to a neighbor, who called 911 at 5:29 p.m.

"Preliminary information indicates that the male shot and killed the woman and dog before turning the gun on himself," Laguna Beach police said. "A handgun was recovered at the scene."

The victims' names were withheld pending notification of next of kin, but the woman was 47 years old. The watch commander at the Laguna Beach Police Department Thursday morning said he expected the names to be released in the afternoon at the earliest.

jim capistrano November 01, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Why does anyone reading this sad account/tragedy need the exact address and a map to these people's home. What are you thinking?...or why aren't you thinking, Patch?
Jacob Cherub November 01, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I agree with Jim. At most an article like this should include a street name w/o address number. The fact that names are being withheld should indicate some extra discretion is warranted.
Adam Townsend November 01, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I apologize for the oversight. The address was included in the press release sent by police to all media, and I neglected to remove it in crafting the article. Again, my apologies.
Robin Wethe Altman November 01, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Its so terribly sad when a relationship comes to this. Sometimes it feels like one is "trapped" in a situation. I want to think that there is always a way out somehow. Often finding that way out starts with asking for help.
myoung November 02, 2012 at 02:21 AM
The use of a generic stock photo of another crime scene that has nothing to do with the actual place and news event that took place in this article is factually misleading and a sign of unethical use of photojournalism and journalism in general. " Rest in Peace Rudy and Mendy" ..thanks for the update Adam.
myoung November 02, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Thanks for the quick response in changing the image used for this article.
Marianne Viscuso November 04, 2012 at 07:01 AM
This makes me incredibly sad...people just get into a fix and see no way out. It's a shame its some what a "me me me" world now.
Jason Shumway November 05, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I am married into this family and it is a shocking, totally unexpected and tragic event that will leave us all wondering: Why? What if? and all those things a tragic event like this leaves! Thank you to all of you that have NOT left the cruel and insensitive remarks like some other sights have allowed... OC Register being one of them.

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