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Thursday May 26th, 2016 2:50PM

Forsyth Co. authorities identify murder-suicide victims

By Derreck Booth Anchor/reporter
CUMMING - Forsyth County authorities have identified the victims of a murder-suicide on the south end of the county Monday night as John Vitkow, 65, and his wife, Nancy Lee Vitkow, 66.

The identities of the couple were released after authorities located next of kin Tuesday night.

According to Forsyth County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Karleen Chalker, a Mr. Vitkow called authorities Monday night after shooting his wife.

"A man called 911 and told the dispatcher that he had killed his wife with a .357 magnum, and he told the dispatcher that he was going to leave the front door unlocked, and he was going to kill himself," Chalker said.

Deputies responded to the residence on Stonehill Drive in the Pines at Stonegate subdivision and tried to contact the man using a public address radio. With no response, deputies entered and found the bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Vitkow.

Investigators said the man told dispatchers that the couple had been having marital problems.

The incident happened at 9:48 p.m. Monday.
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