House painter discovers couple killed in Bucks County home

Police are investigating the deaths of a young married couple found Tuesday inside their home in a quiet suburban Bucks County neighborhood as a double homicide.

Northampton Township Police Chief Michael B. Clark said a painter working at the home on the unit block of Kitty Knight Drive in Churchville discovered the bodies about 10:30 a.m. There was no sign of forced entry, he added.

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A vehicle was missing from the home, said a spokesman for the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.

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Investigators say a painter discovered the bodies of a young married couple in their Churchville home on Tuesday, and a vehicle is missing from the house.

Investigators did not disclose the causes of death, and did not identify the victims. Police found a rifle at the house, but Clark said, “I’m not saying that was the cause of the death of these two individuals.”

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Clark told reporters that the victims were in their late 20s to early 30s, and that police had had no previous contact with them.

“They seem to be a nice, young couple,” he said. “They just happen to be unfortunate victims.”

It was unclear whether the killer or killers represent a threat to the public at large. “As far as the neighbors, we’re going to have active officers here all night long, for the next couple of days,” said Clark.

Clark said the painter went inside the home to use the bathroom and found the bodies of a husband and wife on the second floor. The painter called 911.

He said that investigators are scouring the neighborhood for potential surveillance video. “It’s a very fluid investigation,” he said.

Police roped off the couple’s 1,900-square-foot Tudor-style split-level house, built in 1975 in the Willow Green development. The house was last sold in 2016 for $360,000.