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Police stumble onto possible murder-suicide, marijuana-growing operation at Pennsylvania home

April 12, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Police stumble onto possible murder-suicide, marijuana-growing operation at Pennsylvania home Joseph Mastropole (l.) is feared dead. Gaston Gomez (r.) died after turning his gun on himself. (WNEP)

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Authorities in Pennsylvania revealed that police officers stumbled onto a suicide, a potential homicide, and an extensive marijuana-growing operation, all at once.

Police went to a residence in Mount Pleasant Township on Monday to search for 54-year-old Joseph Mastropole, but the man who answered the door said he was his roommate who had not seen Mastropole. When questioned, Gaston Gomez, 57, shot himself.

Gomez identified himself to officers as “William McDonough” before committing suicide, WNEP reported.

Seized marijuana plants are collected at the scene of an apparent murder/suicide along with a marijuana growing operation in Wayne County, Pa.

Detectives also made some more unexpected findings.

“While they are at the property based on a warrant for a marijuana grow that we issued earlier, they see a burn barrel,” Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards stated. “It’s smoldering; they kick it over, and bones come out.”

Edwards told WNEP that human remains were discovered in bags stuffed inside of a freezer in the home. There were also hundreds of plants in the house.

Officials are trying to ascertain whether some or all of the body parts belong to Mastropole, who is deemed a missing person. They are also trying to determine the relationship between the two men.

An autopsy is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

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