CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A local doctor known for his views on end-of-life care and his wife were found dead in their Cross Lanes home of an apparent murder-suicide. Deputies went to the couple's Flairwood Drive home, which is off Fire Creek Drive in a rural area near Cross Lanes, about 11:30 a.m. Monday.
A neighbor had gone to check on the couple and called 911, said Cpl. Brian Humphreys, spokesman for the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies had not released the names of those involved, but neighbors identified the couple as Dr. Bruce Foster and his wife, Marlise. Foster was a practicing doctor at Thomas Memorial Hospital and served as chairman of the hospital's ethics and institutional review board.
Both were dead of apparent gunshot wounds.
Workers at Foster's office grew worried when he didn't come in to work Monday morning.
They went to the home and when there was no response, they found the doctor's neighbor, John Walker, 38.
Walker then entered the house, found the couple dead and called the police.
"They were really good people," Walker said. "Nice and genuine people. He was really intelligent and she was just very nice."
Walker had lived across the street from the couple, who were both in their 60s, for about eight years. He said he saw them outside on occasion and they were always friendly.
Walker described the scene inside the home as "heartbreaking" but said there was no sign of violence. The two were lying together and the doctor had his arm around his wife.
"They were a good couple," he said. "You could tell they really cared about each other. We'd see them lying side by side holding hands by the pool on pretty days."