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Sheriffâ€™s deputies are investigating a possible connection between the deaths of a boyfriend and girlfriend.
On Monday afternoon, Burke County authorities discovered the body of Randy Cook at his home at 6570 Peyronel St. in Connelly Springs.
Authorities believe Cook committed suicide.
â€śThere was a .410 shotgun by him, but he was not shot,â€ť said Joel Fish, captain over investigations for the Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office.
Reports indicate that Cook apparently overdosed on pharmaceutical medications. Fish said the Burke County Sheriffâ€™s Office is handling Cookâ€™s death.
Later Monday night, Cookâ€™s girlfriend, Wildreth Parsons, was found shot to death at her home in Newton. It appears Parsons died from a gunshot wound, Fish said, adding that there was also a .410 shotgun located in another room in her home.
Fish said Parsons' death is being treated as a homicide.
Authorities say Cook and Parsons were in a dating relationship.
â€śCook left a note indicating that they were having trouble,â€ť Fish said in an e-mail. â€śWe are investigating to see if there is a connection between Parsons' murder, and Cookâ€™s apparent suicide.â€ť