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3 dead in Manchester Township, including 3-year-old, police say

Written by Brandie Kessler, York Daily Record | Apr 24, 2017 12:43 PM

Three people were found dead inside a Manchester Township home in a murder-suicide that police say was apparently a planned act or pact between two of the deceased. 

Tammy June Williams, 50; Frankie Thomas Williams, 21; and Kelly June Williams, 3, were all found dead with gunshot wounds to the head in a home in the 700 block of Greenbriar Road, according to Northern York County Regional Police.

Frankie Williams warned Makayla Lane, Kelly's mother, that he'd kill Lane and her family if she tried to get custody, according to court documents.

The York County Coroner ruled the deaths of Tammy and Kelly Williams as homicides and Frankie Williams as suicide. There will be no autopsies.

Officers found them just before 11 p.m. Sunday after responding to the residence for a welfare check. A woman from North Carolina had told police she was expecting to meet the residents of the home in Virginia on Saturday for a child custody exchange, police said.

As police checked the exterior of the home, a dog inside moved a curtain enough that officers could see inside, and they saw a woman lying on a coach with obvious injuries. Officers forced entry and found Tammy June Williams dead. Checking the home, the officers also found Kelly June Williams in a bedroom and Frankie Thomas Williams in a different bedroom.

Frankie Thomas Williams had a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said.

"Information located on scene indicates that this was a planned act or pact between Tammy June Williams and her son, Frankie Thomas Williams. The mother of Kelly June Williams had recently filed for full custody," police said in a news release.

John Connelly, a neighbor, said he saw the little girl playing outside sometime over the weekend, but he couldn't remember if it was Saturday or Sunday.

Connelly lives across the street from the home, which once belonged to his wife's family. Calling the deaths tragic, he said he saw the family move in within the past month or two, and he had not yet had a chance to go and say hello.

"I thought maybe in the spring or summer we'd say hi," Connelly said.

Ada and Clyde Shimmel live two doors down from the murder-suicide but didn't hear or see anything unusual this weekend. The Shimmels, who have lived in their Manchester Township home since 1967, had seen Kelly playing in the backyard but hadn't spoken to their new neighbors yet.

Anyone with information should call Northern York County Regional Police at 717-292-3647 or through 911.

This article is part of a content-sharing partnership between York Daily Record and WITF. 

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Police say a grandmother, father, and 3-year-old died in a double-murder and suicide in this Greenbriar Road home in Manchester Township. (Photo: Paul Kuehnel, York Daily Record)

 

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