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State Police rule deaths of Temple couple a murder-suicide

Investigators are now saying a husband shot his wife in their Temple home, then turned the gun on himself. (WGME)

TEMPLE (WGME) -- State police have released new details in the deaths of a Franklin County couple.

Investigators are now saying a husband shot his wife in their Temple home, then turned the gun on himself.

Police said autopsies revealed both died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

The yellow tape was gone on Tuesday, and so were police, as the quiet neighborhood struggled to make sense of what's happened. Neighbors didn't want to speak with CBS 13 on-camera, but said the Masses were friendly, though kept to themselves.

Police responded to the home of Thomas Masse, 60, and his wife, Michelle, 59, on Tuesday about 5:50 a.m. after they said Thomas called 9-1-1 and said he was going to shoot himself.

When officers arrived, they called the couple's cell phones but didn't get an answer. The state police tactical team and crisis negotiators also weren't able to make contact.

State police said they went into the home at 12:30 and found the couple's bodies in two separate rooms.

They said Michelle was in the bath tub and Thomas was sitting in a chair in the living room with a handgun by his side.

Thomas Masse worked at Collins Enterprises in Wilton, where employees declined to comment Wednesday. Michelle worked at the Colonial Valley Motel in Farmington. Staff there would only say they're heartbroken.

Police saidthe Masses leave behind two adult daughters.

A woman at the couple's home said no one there wanted to comment.

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