Northampton Double Homicide: Young Couple Found Murdered in Their Home

A young couple was found dead in their home in the Churchville area of Northampton Township on the morning of May 1. Pennsylvania police are currently treating the case as a double homicide, and more details will be revealed as the investigation develops.

Young Couple Found Dead in Their Home

Police responded to a homicide at a home on Kitty Knight Drive in Northampton Township, Bucks County at around 10:30 a.m. on May 1, 2018.

According to authorities, a painter working on the home found the young couple’s bodies as he went inside to use the facilities. When Churchville officials arrived on the scene, they found both bodies upstairs. However, no official cause of death has been determined at this time.

The deceased have not been identified yet, as their next of kin must still be notified. Police said the couple are in their late 20s or early 30s and had been living in the house for about a year. No sign of forced entry was found. 

Northampton Township Police Chief Michael Clark said they have not had prior contact with the victims before, and “they seemed to be a nice young couple that just happened to be unfortunate victims in this case.”

Police spoke to the victims’ next door neighbor, who revealed that he not only did not know the couple, but also did not have security cameras that could help with the investigation. Another neighbor claimed to have heard a car alarm go off outside the victims’ home at about 10:00 p.m. the previous night.

Foul Play Suspected

It is not clear when the couple was killed. Investigators suspect foul play and are investigating the deaths as a double homicide.

Police found no signs of forced entry into the home. A search uncovered a rifle in the house; however, Clark did not say if the firearm is connected to the homicide.

Investigators are also trying to locate a vehicle that belonged to one of the victims, but no description was provided.

Clark said that they haven’t identified a suspect yet. “We’re working on some leads, trying to find out who was involved in this incident,” he said.

Police believe the suspect is still at large, and that there’s no cause for alarm at this time. This sparked confusion among residents, as there is an elementary school nearby. The investigation is still ongoing and more details are expected to surface as it continues. A news briefing is expected to be held by police on May 2 at 12:00 p.m. local time.