A couple found dead in an apparent murder-suicide was struggling to afford health care, authorities say

(> CNN)After an elderly couple in Washington state was found dead in an apparent murder-suicide, investigators said they found notes suggesting the pair was struggling to pay medical bills.

Brian Jones called 911 on Wednesday morning and told the dispatcher he was going to shoot himself, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office. The 77-year-old said he had prepared a note for the sheriff containing information and instructions and told the operator, “We will be in the front bedroom.”

Deputies arrived about 15 minutes later and a crisis negotiator tried to contact Jones for about an hour, the sheriff’s office said, before deputies sent in a robot-mounted camera. Jones was found dead lying next to his wife, Patricia Whitney-Jones, 76.

I’m very sorry they took this option.

This is very sad.

Eternal rest grant unto them, Lord…

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Eternal rest grant them, O Lord
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed,
Through the mercy of God,
Rest in peace.
Amen.

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Dad that he felt he had to take care of their issues that way. Never the right thing to do.

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