CROSS LANES, W.Va. -- A doctor who specialized in end-of-life care and his wife were found shot to death in their Cross Lanes home Monday. Sheriff's deputies believe the two were killed in a murder-suicide.
Neighbors identified the man in the home as Dr. Bruce Foster. His wife, Marlise Foster, was identified later. Both were in their early 60s.
Kanawha Sheriff's Cpl. Brian Humphreys said outside the home that both victims had gunshot wounds, and a gun was found in the home.
The "working theory," Humphreys said, is that the deaths are a murder-suicide. There are no other suspects, he said.
Bruce Foster's co-workers came to the Flairwood Drive home Monday because Foster hadn't shown up for work, said the Fosters' next-door neighbors, Jon and Betty Walker.
Jon Walker, who was getting ready to work on his car, helped the co-workers get into the Fosters' house, where they found the two bodies.
No one had heard from the couple since Saturday, Humphreys said.
Betty Walker said her husband told her that Bruce Foster's arm was draped over his wife's body.
"They were never apart. I've never seen such an in-love couple. They're going to be missed greatly," said Betty Walker.
She said she talked to another neighbor Monday afternoon who was close with the Fosters. That neighbor told her that Marlise Foster suffered from kidney trouble, had only one kidney for most of her life, and had been ill for the past couple of months.
According to a 2004 Gazette interview, Bruce Foster was chairman of ethics at Thomas Memorial Hospital and worked with the West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care. A Thomas Memorial spokeswoman would not comment, and an official with the Center for End-of-Life Care said they hadn't had much contact with Foster lately.
Bruce Foster wrote a book, "Death and Dying, or Can You Love Me Enough to Let Me Go," and helped produce a DVD, "Facing Your Future."
In the 2004 interview, Foster said he learned how to handle terminally ill patients when his father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.