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Police investigate suspicious deaths of couple

Posted at 10:44 PM, May 06, 2016
Pinellas Park Police are investigating the deaths of an elderly couple.  
 
According to police, 63-year-old Florante Antonio and his wife Maria Antonio, 63, were found dead inside a private residence from suspicious circumstances.
 
So far investigators know that the couple had been married for 33 years and that Mrs. Antonio has been terminally ill for the last couple of years.  
 
As he often did, Mr. Antonio picked up his wife from the nursing home Friday morning around 10:15 am and they returned to their family home in Pinellas Park.
 
When a Care Ride van driver arrived at the family home just after 6:00 pm to pick up Mrs. Antonio to return her to the nursing home, the driver found a note on the front door of the home asking for the family to be called. The driver called a family member who responded and entered the home and found both Mr. and Mrs. Antoni deceased.
 
There is no apparent sign of trauma to Mrs. Antonio and her cause of death will likely be determined through autopsy by the Pinellas County Medical Examiner's Office.  
 
Mr. Antonio was found in the garage deceased from apparent suicide by hanging.  
 
It is not known at this point if Mr. Antonio assisted or caused the death of Mrs. Antonio. A note to the family was found in the home that spoke of the poor health conditions of both Mr. and Mrs. Antonio.
 
At this time investigators do not suspect that either death was a result of any other parties having been involved.
 
The investigation will remain open, pending the results of the autopsy and the completion of the Detectives investigation.
 
This is a developing story. Refresh for updates.