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Woman found dead after jury issued indictment

January 17, 2014
By FRED CONNORS - Special to the Herald-Star , The Herald-Star

WHEELING - Debra Parr apparently committed suicide Wednesday in Wheeling on the same day a Hancock County grand jury indicted her for the Labor Day murder of her husband, Scott E. Parr.

Hancock County Prosecutor Jim Davis said he learned of the woman's death less than one hour after her indictment was returned to his office.

"It is my understanding she died in Wheeling before being served the indictment," Davis said. "The indictments came back around noon and they found her dead about an hour later."

Wheeling Police Detective Matt Taylor confirmed that police and fire department first responders found the body at 1:20 p.m. in the basement of her Warwood Terrace home.

"Family members called 911 after they could not rouse her," Taylor said. "Her doors were locked from the inside."

He said officers discovered the body in the basement of the home.

"We found her deceased from what appeared to be self-inflicted injuries," he said.

Taylor said family members reported they had last seen her at midnight.

Wednesday's indictment alleges Parr, 50, murdered her 43-year-old husband during a Labor Day shooting at a Weirton Heights residence.

In addition to the murder charge, the indictment charged Parr with four counts of fraudulent use of an access device for allegedly using someone else's credit card in July and August to pay bills.

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