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Domestic shooting leaves 2 dead in Nicholas County

(WVVA) Police in Nicholas County say a man killed his estranged wife and another man before shooting himself in the face.

The bodies of Ilene Blankenship and Douglas Hypes were found Saturday evening at a home on Twin Oaks Drive. Both victims died from gunshot wounds.

Investigators were able to identify the suspect as Roger Blankenship, Sr., the husband of Ilene Blankenship. It appears they were in the process of getting a divorce

Roger Blankenship was found at his residence on Route 39, near Swiss, WV. He was taken to the hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face. A loaded firearm was recovered from the home.

The investigation is ongoing.

Paul Hess

Social Media & Digital Content Manager

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