Shady Cove deaths confirmed as murder-suicide

The married couple found dead from gunshot wounds to the head early Tuesday morning in Shady Cove were killed in a confirmed murder-suicide, police say.

Dewayne Upton, 36, shot his wife, 30-year-old Makiala Upton, once in the head with a small-caliber handgun in their home off the 20000 block of Highway 62 just after 2 a.m. Tuesday, investigators said. He then called his grandparents to tell them and fled to the Rogue River shoreline nearby. Once there, he turned the gun on himself.

The motives for the murder haven't been disclosed.

The couple's four children were staying with relatives during the incident and will continue to remain in their care.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting shots fired and found Makiala's body. SWAT was later called in and found Dewayne's body along the river with the handgun nearby.

— Ryan Pfeil

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