Coroner: West Manchester family 'pre-planned' their deaths

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

Three members of the same household found dead behind their West Manchester Township home died in a murder-suicide, the coroner's office ruled.

Morgan E. Daub, 26, took her own life after killing her mother, Deborah Daub, 59, and father, James Daub, 62, according to the York County coroner's report. All three died from gunshot wounds to the head.

An investigation and evidence found at the scene in the 2000 block of Loman Avenue by police, including communications from family members, showed the three had pre-planned their deaths, the coroner's office reported.

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No criminal charges will be filed, the coroner's office stated. Nor will there be any autopsies, because the investigation was consistent with the evidence found at the scene.

According to West Manchester Township Police, officers were dispatched to the home just after 11 a.m. Wednesday for a welfare check after a neighbor called. When the officers arrived, they found the three residents dead on the ground behind the home. 

The site of an incident at 2098 Loman Ave. in  West Manchester Twp. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023.

West Manchester Township Police led the investigation into the incident. Members of the York County Forensic Unit also responded to the scene.

York County Deputy Coroner Michele Kirchner and Chief Deputy Coroner Tania Zech responded to the scene and certified the deaths.

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“At this stage of the investigation, we do not believe that there is any danger to the public and the surrounding community,” police said in a statement. 

Anyone with information related to the investigation should call the West Manchester Township Police Department at 717-792-9514.