Coroner: Fairfield shootings ruled murder-suicide

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FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - The Butler County coroner has ruled the deaths of a man and a woman in Fairfield as a murder-suicide.

The bodies of Evelyn Restituyo, 46, and Francisco Restituyo, 47, were found Monday morning in an SUV in the parking lot of the Jelly Bean Junction Learning Center.

Dr. Richard Burkhardt says Evelyn Restituyo suffered gunshot wounds to the upper right thigh and the back of the head. Her ankles and wrists were tied with white plastic cable ties, and her body was found in the backseat of the Jeep Cherokee.

Burkhardt says Francisco Restituyo, 47, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the right temple. His body and the gun were found in the front seat.

Evelyn Restituyo's car was found at her place of employment in West Chester.

Fairfield police Lt. Kevin Haddix says police believe Francisco Restituyo confronted the woman outside her the outlet store where she worked on Monday and shot her in the thigh. Haddix says the man then drove her about six miles to the day care center, where he fatally shot her and then himself.

The coroner says the bodies had not been dead for long, possibly a few hours.

Authorities find no evidence that the couple was connected to the center.

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