Murder-suicide suspected in downtown Lititz

By on April 18, 2012

By: STEPHEN SEEBER Record Express Staff, Staff Writer



Keith Macferran

Investigators are unraveling details of an apparent husband-wife murder-suicide at a West Second Avenue row home.

The deaths reportedly occurred Sunday, but were not discovered until Tuesday.

Lititz police released the following report shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday:

"On Tuesday, April 17 at 12:52 p.m., Lititz Borough Police responded to the residence of 5 W. 2nd Ave. It was reported to police that the homeowners’ son had arrived at the home to find his mother, Susan Macferran, 62, and stepfather Keith Macferran, 48, deceased in their bedroom.

"Upon police arrival, it was confirmed that the male and female were deceased of apparent gunshot wounds. A crime scene was initiated inside the residence and the Lancaster County Crime Scene Forensic Unit assisted on the scene. Also assisting were the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office and Lancaster County Coroner’s office."

Autopsies were planned early Wednesday morning, but had to be pushed back until later in the day, beyond the Record Express’ final page deadline for this week’s issue. Lititz Detective John Schofield was on the scene of the autopsies, which were being conducted by Coroner Dr. Steve Diamantoni, when the Record Express went to press.

"Police suspect that the shooting incident occurred on Sunday, April 15 in the evening," Sgt. Kerry Nye said in an initial report. "Police suspect that the male shot his wife, Susan, while she was asleep in her bed, then turned the gun on himself."

Sgt. Nye said Susan’s biological son discovered the bodies after a concerned neighbor reported to the son that he had not seen the couple for a few days. The couple did not have any children of their own and reportedly lived alone at the home. Susan also has a daughter from a previous marriage.

According to Lancaster Newspaper archives, Susan (maiden name is Dart) and Keith were married Aug. 17, 1991. Susan attended Donegal High School. Keith graduated from Hempfield High School and Mount Joy Vo-Tech. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force and a year in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.

Additional details will be released by the Lititz police when they are available. More DEATHS, page A3