Police investigate possible murder, suicide

Sheriff’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.

“There was a .410 shotgun by him, but he was not shot,” said Joel Fish, captain over investigations for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

Reports indicate that Cook apparently overdosed on pharmaceutical medications. Fish said the Burke County Sheriff’s Office is handling Cook’s death.

Later Monday night, Cook’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.

“Cook left a note indicating that they were having trouble,” Fish said in an e-mail. “We are investigating to see if there is a connection between Parsons' murder, and Cook’s apparent suicide.”