Medical Examiner Says Conclusion About Death of Connecticut Church Couple Could Be Two Months Away

The late couple, Eric Jones and his wife LaRhonda. | Photo: Facebook/Eric Jones

Police on Monday continued to investigate the deaths of Eric and LaRhonda Jones of Waterbury, but the medical examiner’s office said Monday that its conclusion about how they died could be up to eight weeks away.

City police reported no developments in the case, which began Thursday when patrol officers found the couple dead at their Perkins Avenue condo.

Police said Eric Jones, 54, a retired New Haven police officer, and LaRhonda Jones, 48, an assistant pastor at RIM City Church in New Haven, had apparently suffered gunshot wounds. They were dead in the bedroom when police arrived, and investigators found a gun in the condo, police said.

Detectives did not release further information Monday, and the medical examiner’s office cautioned against expecting a quick decision about the cause of the deaths.

“That’s pending further investigation and could be six to eight weeks,” an office spokeswoman said.

Friends posted condolences on LaRhonda Jones’ Facebook page over the weekend, with Alexandra Lynch writing “LaRhonda, you are going to be missed. Your smile, laugh, and kindness never went unnoticed. Rest in peace. I pray for the healing of your family.”

LaRhonda Jones didn’t show up for her job in Cheshire on Thursday morning, so someone there asked Waterbury police to check on her. The officers who went to the condo found her and her husband dead.

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Source: Hartford-Courant