Coroner confirms murder-suicide for 3 Christmas-Day deaths in Noblesville

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The bodies of three found dead on Christmas Day have been identified and their cause of death made known after a press briefing today at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in Noblesville.

On Dec. 25, three bodies were discovered by law enforcement at a home in the 11200 block of East 191st Street near Promise Road in Noblesville. First identified as an elderly couple and their son, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and Hamilton County Coroner have identified the victims as husband and wife Donald Moon, Sr., 84, Joyce Moon, 81 and their son, Todd Moon, 48.

Hamilton County Coroner John Chalfin said at the Dec. 27 press briefing that the cause of death for Donald and Joyce Moon were multiple gunshot wounds. Todd Moon died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and is believed to have first killed his mother, Joyce Moon near the foyer and front hallway of the home, then his father, Donald Moon, in a back bedroom of the home before returning back toward the front of the home near the kitchen and killing himself.

Autopsies on all three individuals were completed this morning. Chalfin said final autopsies would confirm the paths of bullets in each of the three bodies. Forensic pathologist Dr. T.J. Sozio performed all three autopsies.

On the date of the incident, authorities were dispatched to the home at approximately 4:35 p.m. Dec. 25 after the couple’s daughter (Todd Moon’s sister), who was at the home, along with Todd Moon’s two children, a boy and a girl, 8-year-old twins, at the time of the incident, left the home and went to a nearby fire station, Station 75, to report the incident. Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen said she had difficulty dialing 911 herself due to nerves and the shock of the situation. Staff at the fire station then called police.

According to Bowen, prior to her arrival, Todd Moon called his sister to pick up the children, and that when she arrived, he was agitated and began shooting.

Bowen said Todd Moon, whose body was found near the foyer area of the home, did have a gun permit and two handguns with him. Bowen said Joyce Moon was found in close proximity to Todd Moon, and the father, Donald Moon, was found in a back bedroom of the three-bedroom home.

Bowen also said Todd Moon had been living in the home with his parents for approximately five years. Divorced, he had full custody of his two children. His ex-wife lives in the Baltimore/New England area. Since the incident, both children have been under the supervision of the sister.

Bowen said a motive for the murder-suicide is unknown and that no one knows what “set the gentleman off.” Bowen also said Todd Moon had no criminal background and no history of mental illness. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office also had no history of calls to the home for domestic disturbances. A suicide note was not found at the scene. Toxicology results are pending, but detectives said they do not believe alcohol or drugs were involved in the incident.


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