It was a frightening discovery in Jackson County on Monday morning. A husband and wife were found dead in their home this morning after an apparent murder-suicide. Investigators believe the woman was a victim of domestic violence, something that can seem hard to escape; but, there is help out there.
A concerned relative called police to check on a family member but never expected to hear tragic news.
"The female had not been seen at work and family members were worried," said Lieutenant Brad Piros with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. "Officers knocked and looked in the basement and saw one of the suspects in the residence."
Police were doing a welfare check around midnight on Monday and at first, didn't think anyone was home but later found 29 year old Barbara Wilson strangled upstairs and her husband, 35 year old Jason Wilson had hung himself in the basement. This wasn't the first time police checked in to the Wilson residence.
"We responded on the 16th of November for a domestic related call between the two parties," said Lt. Piros.
Domestic calls are some of the most common that police get and often never know how or when they will escalate.
While Barbara Wilson never had a protection order or restraining order against her husband and still lived at that address with her husband, it's still possible that she was a victim of domestic violence.
"Sometimes it's less of a hassle to put up with a black eye every once in awhile and play the game than it is to leave," said Rebecca Filip, the executive director of the AWARE women's shelter in Jackson.
Filip says as many as one out of every three women are in or have been in an abusive relationship.
"They could have been in a domestic violence relationship for 30 years but don't understand it until 'he stabs me or hits me," said Filip.
For many women, leaving is the hardest thing they can do.
"Most people assume they can just leave but that doesn't mean it's going to stop," said Filip.
There is help out there but it's just a matter of accepting it. The AWARE shelter doesn't just help women and children, but also any men that are in abusive relationships as well. And Filip adds that the abuse can range from physical to mental but does not always escalate to the physical. For more information how you can get out of an abusive relationship, you can call the AWARE crisis line: 517-783-2861 or for counseling: 517-783-1638 ext. 33. The web site is listed at the end of this article.