MILTON — A Milton woman and her son are dead following an apparent murder-suicide which occurred Wednesday in Lancaster County.
Milton Police Department Chief Curt Zettlemoyer said he was contacted Wednesday by the Manheim Township Police Department and asked to notify family members of the death of a woman and child.
Zettlemoyer identified the victims as Nicole Welton, of Shakespeare Road, and an unnamed juvenile, also from Milton.
According to lancasteronline.com, Lancaster County Coroner Stephen Diamantoni confirmed the body of Welton and her 11-year-old son were found Wednesday at America’s Best Value Inn Lancaster, 1320 Harrisburg Pike, Manheim Township.
A release from the Manheim Township Police Department said officers were dispatched to the hotel at 11 a.m. Wednesday after two people were found dead inside of a room.
“The investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released at this time,” police wrote in the release.
According to a report published Thursday on lancasteronline.com, Diamantoni believed the boy was shot between 6 and 8 a.m. Wednesday. He said Welton shot the boy and then herself.
Diamantoni said the incident appeared to be a murder-suicide. The bodies appeared to have gunshot wounds. Autopsies were scheduled to be performed Wednesday.
The Milton Area School District had counselors available for students and staff Thursday, following the death of an unnamed fifth-grade student.
“Milton Area School District officials were informed of the tragic death of a fifth-grade student late Wednesday afternoon,” Superintendent Dr. Cathy Keegan wrote in an email to The Standard-Journal.
“While all in the district are mourning this tragic loss of life, we are compelled to respect the wishes of the child’s father and will issue no further comment,” Keegan said.
Keegan said the school district would have counselors available for students and staff throughout the grieving period.
“Thank you to Warrior Run School District, Lewisburg Area School District and Northumberland County Mental Health for extending professional assistance to support our students and staff,” she said.
“CSIU 16 also contacted Milton Area School District to offer their human resources,” Keegan continued. “The Susquehanna Trail Training Club provided therapy dogs and Geisinger Pediatric Psychology has been alerted.”