PORTERVILLE -- The Morgan County Sheriff's Office is investigating as a homicide the deaths of two people whose bodies were found in a Porterville home.
A family member told the Standard-Examiner the man and woman had not answered phone calls for several days, and the man's son went to the house Thursday. When no one answered the door, the son looked in and saw his father and stepmother dead, then called police.
Around 2:40 p.m., the sheriff's office got a call from the son and another relative to come to the home at 390 W. Hardscrabble Road. When deputies arrived, they found two bullet holes in a north-facing window, said Morgan County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Lee.
Deputies entered the home, where they found the bodies of a man and woman, believed to be in their 50s, in the living room.
Investigators had yet to release the identities of the two as of Thursday evening, but a neighbor, Mark Robinson, said the people living in the home were Grant and Marilee Wadman, and a relative confirmed that they are the deceased couple.
Lee could not confirm how they died or whether a weapon was found in the home.
He also could not comment on whether the shots seemed to have come from inside or outside the home.
Weber County crime scene investigators and the state medical examiner assisted the sheriff's office in investigating the house. It's a large home on top of a tall hill in a rural neighborhood south of Morgan.
Deputies are "very familiar" with the residence, as they have been called out to it at least several times in the past two years for family fights, Lee said.
The family member said the deceased couple have a history of domestic violence incidents and the woman had been charged with the offense in the last several years. The family member believes their deaths may be the result of a murder-suicide.
On Aug. 31, 2010, Grant Wadman woke up after a night of drinking with his wife to find her punching him in the face and biting his arm, neck and belly, according to a probable cause statement. As a result, Marilee Wadman was found guilty in 2nd District Court earlier this year for attempted assault and disorderly conduct.
She was on probation, which was terminated about three weeks ago, according to court documents.
The Wadmans' neighbors describe the neighborhood as quiet, and said the sounds of gunshots are nothing unusual because of hunters and gun ranges in the area.
But a crime of this magnitude is rare, said 13-year resident Robinson, who lives close to the home and was shocked -- but not surprised -- to hear of the deaths.
Robinson said he knew the couple had problems, but they were always nice to each other when he was around and cordial to him.
The investigation is ongoing.