Lehigh County Coroner has ruled that Adrienne Snelling's death was a homicide. She died of "mixed substance toxicity," according to a Morning Call report.
The Lehigh County Coroner has ruled that Adrienne Snelling, wife of Republican political activist Charles Snelling, died of a drug overdose, according to a Morning Call report. Coroner Scott Grim ruled Adrienne's death as a homicide, following his earlier ruling that Charles Snelling had committed suicide. The findings back what family and friends reported after the couple's bodies were found in their Fogelsville home on March 29: that Charles Snelling had killed his wife and then himself to end their struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, which Adrienne had suffered for six years. Both were 81. The coroner had ruled early on that Charles Snelling died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but the investigation had continued into his wife's death…
Charles Snelling died of a gunshot wound, but the cause of his wife's death is pending investigation, according to Lehigh County Chief Deputy Coroner Paul Hoffman.
- POLICE & FIRE
Friday, March 30, 2012
Charles D. Snelling, well-known political activist and businessman, died from a gunshot wound. The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office ruled it a suicide. The cause and manner of death for Snelling’s wife, Adrienne, is pending further investigation. The brief press release from the coroner's office (attached) gave no more specific details. The couple, both 81, were found dead in their home at 1280 Church St., Fogelsville, on Thursday morning. Adrienne suffered from Alzheimer's disease. In a statement to local media Thursday, family members said Charles Snelling "could no longer bear to see the love of his life deteriorate further," choosing to end her life and then his own. Charles Snelling was board chairman of the Metropolitan Washington …