VIDEO - Deputies: 'Apparent murder-suicide' of Naples Park couple

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A few red roses, wilting in the Sunday heat, are propped in the doorway of the duplex house at 646 108th Ave. N. in Naples Park, where James Payne, 56, and his wife Roleen, 47, were found dead in an apparent murder suicide. Quentin Roux/Staff

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX

A few red roses, wilting in the Sunday heat, are propped in the doorway of the duplex house at 646 108th Ave. N. in Naples Park, where James Payne, 56, and his wife Roleen, 47, were found dead in an apparent murder suicide. Quentin Roux/Staff

The duplex where the dead couple was found is at the rear, left, near the umbrella. Quentin Roux/Staff

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX

The duplex where the dead couple was found is at the rear, left, near the umbrella. Quentin Roux/Staff

The Collier County Sheriff's Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide of a husband and wife whose bodies were found at their Naples Park home Saturday night.

They had last been heard from about a week ago, investigators said.

The bodies of James Payne, 56, and Roleen Payne, 47, were discovered at 646 108th Ave. N. around 6:30 p.m. after their landlord was unable to contact them. The landlord let himself into the home where the two were found shot to death, both in the head.

The deaths are being investigated as an apparent murder-suicide, investigators said.

Sunday, the neighborhood was in shock over the deaths, which according to neighbor Denise Hood also included the couple's pet dog.

"I think they probably did the dog first," said Hood, who described the couple as quiet, and people who kept pretty much to themselves.

"They never argued, and even though I sleep near a window, I never heard anything coming from them," she said. "They also didn't seem to have visits from any family members."

Hood said the Paynes had arrived in the area from Jupiter on Florida's East Coast about eight months ago, and that she believed James Payne was unemployed, and about three months in arrears in his rent.

She said it appeared the couple had turned their air conditioning system to a really low temperature, but that there had been an odor present starting on Saturday. "It looks like nobody saw them for six days," Hood said.

Although they were no more than acquaintances, Hood said after the deaths she'd on impulse placed some of the roses her husband John had given her for Mother's Day on the doorstep of the Payne's duplex. She said beside the shock associated with the deaths, there was also a sense of morbidity in the neighborhood.

Anyone with further information is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff's Office at 239-252-9300, or if you wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).

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hobobri writes:

Uhm they completely forgot to mention that there was a dog that was killed as well. How do I know this because my friend was their neighbor. I think that is just as important as the people.

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