Concerning email sparked 911 call that set off Penfield, Riga investigation

Wendy Ford was found deceased Wednesday in her Collingsworth Drive home (Provided photo)

Penfield, N.Y. (WHAM) - A concerning email written to an employer led to a Monroe County Sheriff's investigation that ended with two people dead and a third seriously injured.

Investigators said Arnold Ford, Jr., the man accused of killing his wife and severely beating his mother at their respective homes on Wednesday, wrote an email to his employer that morning. In the email, he said he would not be reporting to work. The employer became concerned, deputies said, and called 911.

Deputies arrived at the home on Collingsworth Drive in Penfield and found Wendy Ford dead. She had been bludgeoned to death, according to investigators. Wendy Ford's co-workers were at the house when investigators arrived, having become concerned themselves about her not showing up to work.

After that, deputies went to check on Ford's other family members, including his 75-year-old mother Florence Ford at her home in Riga. When they arrived, deputies used a ladder to look into a window of the home on Leibeck Road and discovered her unresponsive body.

Florence Ford was rushed to Strong Memorial Hospital, where she remains in guarded condition.

Monroe County Sheriff's deputies were able to track Ford's car to Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania State Police later found Ford's car outside of Erie, with Ford slumped over the steering wheel. He had a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound. Troopers were able to match the license plate of that vehicle with the one being sought by Monroe County Sheriff's deputies. Police found a .40 caliber handgun inside Ford's car. The gun was registered to Wendy Ford.

Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter praised deputies in a statement for "diligent police work" and following their instincts.

An initial investigation of the Penfield home indicated no ongoing domestic issues and no calls regarding Arthur Ford, Jr. or Wendy Ford.

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