After picking up her two young grandsons from day care Tuesday afternoon, an unstable Connecticut woman couldn’t be reached by family members, triggering a statewide Amber Alert that was called off after all three were found dead that night, according to state police and family members.
About two hours after Debra Denison, 47, picked up her grandsons – Ashton Perry was 6 months old and Alton Perry died on his second birthday – the boys’ concerned mother called police, who launched a search and an alert, Connecticut State Police said in a statement.
Denison picked up the boys from their day care in North Stonington, Conn., close to the Rhode Island border, and drove them to a nearby boat launch, Connecticut State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Donna Tadiello told the Los Angeles Times. About 9:30 p.m., a man recognized the grandmother’s vehicle description from the Amber Alert and contacted police, who recovered a revolver at the scene and confirmed that Denison had left a suicide note.
“We’re calling it an apparent murder-suicide,” Tadiello said, adding that an official confirmation won’t come until after the state medical examiner's office completes autopsies. Police are still investigating motive and Denison’s background, she said.