OWENSBURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A death investigation in Greene County has been ruled a double murder-suicide after it was determined that a 14-year-old boy shot two people to death before turning the gun on himself.
The bodies of 14-year-old Cole Bixler, 21-year-old Jessica Bixler and 22-year-old Mason George were discovered April 16 in a residence near Owensburg, Indiana, according to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.
Cole Bixler had spent the night at the George residence as a guest of his cousin, Jessica.
Autopsies determined the cause of death for all three was from a single gunshot wound to the head.
Following an investigation that included interviews with friends and family members as well as an examination of Cole Bixler’s social media accounts, the sheriff’s department concluded Cole Bixler shot Mason George while he appeared to by lying on his couch asleep. He then shot Jessica Bixler in her bedroom before killing himself in the same room. The handgun used was owned by George.
During their investigation, authorities learned Cole had mentioned to others that he had been having thoughts of harming himself.