Prude Death Investigation

Death of Perinton couple deemed homicide-suicide

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The death of an elderly couple in Perinton has been ruled a homicide-suicide, according to a new medical report.

After a multi-day search, deputies found the bodies of Robert and Mary Ross inside a vehicle that was pulled from the Genesee River in February.

In the newly released medical report, deputies say the couple’s death have been ruled a suicide for Robert, the driver, and homicide for Mary. However, deputies say there doesn’t appear to be any sign of distress for Mary Ross. Deputies say her seatbelt was still latched and her window was down.

In February, family members told News 8 that Robert had been undergoing cancer treatment. The couple was reported missing after Robert missed three appointments for treatment.

In a statement, Sheriff Todd Baxter said, “We are disheartened by this entire tragedy. Our condolences to the family of the couple who lost loved ones.  Our hope is that this latest information brings closure and allows family and friends to try to begin to heal.  We want to reiterate our sincerest gratitude to all of our deputies who searched for the Ross couple, especially our SCUBA unit and partnering SCUBA teams with the RPD and U.S. Customs Enforcement Marine Unit.  Your skill and expertise are appreciated and invaluable.”

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