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UPDATE: Kennewick father apparently killed wife, daughter in murder-suicide

Three bodies found in Kennewick home in Panoramic Heights

Sgt. Randy Maynard of the Kennewick Police Department gives a statement about the discovery of three bodies in a home at 2639 S. Kellogg St. in Kennewick.
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Sgt. Randy Maynard of the Kennewick Police Department gives a statement about the discovery of three bodies in a home at 2639 S. Kellogg St. in Kennewick.

UPDATE: It appears a Kennewick father fatally shot his wife and daughter Friday afternoon before turning the gun on himself, the Benton County coroner said Saturday.

Authorities still are investigating the deaths of Doug and Elena Brown, both 64, and their daughter Carmina Brown, 27, who was disabled.

But, it appears from the initial investigation that Doug Brown was the shooter, Coroner John Hansens said.

The three were found Friday afternoon in their Panoramic Heights home.

Hansens said he’ll determine Monday whether to perform autopsies on the Browns.

ORIGINAL POST: A couple and their daughter died in an apparent murder-suicide Friday afternoon inside their home in the Panoramic Heights neighborhood in Kennewick.

Doug and Elena Brown, both 64, and Carmina Brown, 27, appear to each have died from a single gunshot wound, police said.

Police released few other details about the case, other than to say they aren’t seeking any suspects and members of the public didn’t need to be concerned about their safety.

A caretaker came to the home at 2639 S. Kellogg St. shortly before 1 p.m. and found one person dead, police said. A search of the home revealed two other bodies in the five-bedroom home.

It doesn’t appear the bodies had been in the home for a long period of time, said Kennewick police Cmdr. Chris Guerrero.

Neighbors told the Herald that Doug and Elena Brown lived at the home with their developmentally disabled daughter.

The couple, neighbors said, had lived in the neighborhood north of Southridge High School for a long time. Property records show they bought their home in 2002.

Doug Brown was an avid long-distance runner and was near the finish line at the Boston Marathon in 2013 when bombs exploded, killing three people. Following the bombings, he ran three marathons in three countries to honor the victims.

He also was the president of the Panoramic Heights Homeowners Association and helped form the Kiwanis Club of Horse Heaven Hills.

His wife, Elena, was involved in Modern Living Services, a Kennewick organization that focuses on providing housing and teaching life skills to the developmentally disabled. She worked with the group at a 14-unit apartment complex for adults with disabilities called the Kennewick Perry Suites on Perry Street and West Kennewick Avenue. She also was a board member of the The Arc of the Tri-Cities, which provides services to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Benton and Franklin counties.

Neighbors told the Herald that they didn’t report hearing anything unusual during the day.

Tyler Richardson: 509-582-1556, @Ty_richardson

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