Santa Ana Apparent Murder-Suicide a ‘Tragic Incident’: Police

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The Santa Ana deaths of a man and woman who had lived together for 25 years were likely part of a murder-suicide that police called a “tragic incident,” authorities said Thursday.


Michael Worden and Freda Bryson were believed to have died in a murder-suicide, according to the Santa Ana Police Department, which released these photos of the pair.

The bodies of Freda Bryson, 78, and Michael Worden, 71, were found at a home in the 2100 block of Wellington Avenue (map) on Wednesday evening, according to a news release from the Santa Ana Police Department.

A family member called police at 5:55 p.m. to request a welfare check on the pair.

Officers found the pair, both with gunshots wounds, inside a bedroom. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Homicide detectives believe the incident to be a murder-suicide, “but have not yet determined the motive for this tragic incident,” the news release stated.

An apparent suicide note and the weapon believed used in the incident was found at the scene.

The couple was not married but had lived together for the quarter-century, according to police.