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Suspected murder-suicide in WA’s Mid West prompts police investigation

On Sunday afternoon, officers found the bodies of Ms Evans and Mr Westney in the bushland surrounding Mr Westney’s property on Brand Highway in Greenough.

Next to the bodies, officers found a long-arm rifle registered to Mr Westney, who operated a farm machinery business out of the property.

Ms Evans had experienced financial difficulties before her death and was due to face Joondalup Magistrates Court this week to determine if she was able to pay off a debt on a second property she owned with her ex-husband in the City of Wanneroo.

The pair co-owned the Waldburg Drive property before their marriage collapsed.

Major Crime Detective Inspector Brett Ranford said the pair led a reclusive life but had no history of family violence or involvement with police.

Prior to their deaths, the pair had been living on separate properties in Greenough for nearly a decade and were well known to the nearby Walkaway community.

“At this time we do not believe there to be any third-party involvement however it is important to stress that this investigation is ongoing and we’re keeping an open mind,” Detective Inspector Ranford said.

Detective Inspector Ranford pleaded for anyone who may have had contact with the pair leading up to March 6 to contact police.

“Our investigations to date suggest they did lead a reclusive lifestyle and that’s why it’s important for us to speak to anyone who may have had any contact or dealings with them that may be able to better inform us as to the circumstances that led to their deaths,” he said

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on1800 333 000 or report the information online.

If you, or anyone you know, needs mental health support, please call a helpline such as Lifeline 13 11 14; beyondblue 1300 224 636; Mental Health Emergency Response Line 1300 555 788 (Metro) or 1800 676 822 (Peel); Rurallink 1800 552 002; Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467; The Samaritans Crisis Line 08 9381 5555.

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