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When Bill Smith’s wife died earlier this year, his neighbors across the street, Wendy and William Bays, not only went to the funeral but brought him cookies and offered to cook him meals.
Smith recalled frequently speaking with the couple in his driveway. Wendy Bays delivered mail, he said, and William Bays owned an appliance repair business and had worked on Smith’s appliances in the past.
“I don’t know them as anything but good people and good neighbors,” he said about the family who lived on Dogwood Drive.
When Smith’s son called him Friday morning and asked if his father heard anything about shooting at the Bays’ house, Smith said he was surprised. He hadn’t heard or seen anything the night before.
He believed maybe a western movie was playing on his television and never realized the sound of gunfire was coming from the house across the street instead of the TV.
Wendy Bays, 47, and her husband, William Bays, 50, were found dead Thursday night inside their Radcliff home after an apparent murder-suicide, officials said.
Hardin County Deputy Coroner Shana Norton said the couple suffered fatal gunshot wounds.
“It appears Mr. Bays took Mrs. Bays’ life then in turn took his own life,” Norton said Friday.
Autopsies were performed Friday in Louisville, she said, but toxicology results are pending and will not be available for several weeks.
According to Kentucky State Police, Hardin County E-911 contacted Post 4 in Elizabethtown about a possible murder in the 100 block of Dogwood Drive off South Boundary Road in Radcliff.
An unidentified male told dispatchers he killed his wife and intended to commit suicide, according to a news release.
State troopers, Radcliff Police Department and the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office responded, but when police arrived on scene, William and Wendy Bays were dead, according to KSP.
Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Spangenberger said the weapon was a 9mm handgun.
Smith said he believed his neighbors were separated. Wendy Bays lived at the Dogwood Drive home with their son and daughter, he said.
Norton said she heard the Bays had been separated for about a year but had not made a “definite finding.” The couple was not legally separated and continued to use the same last name, she said.
According to KSP, the scene is being handled as a death investigation. Detective Jonathan Vaughn is leading the probe.
According to Smith, nothing like this has ever happened on Dogwood Drive — a residential area near the southern edge of Radcliff.
“It’s a very good neighborhood and good neighbors,” he said. “We watch each others’ homes when we go away overnight.”
William “Billy” Bays’ funeral is private and is being handled by Coffey & Chism Funeral Home.
Wendy Bays’ funeral also is private and arrangements were made by Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Vine Grove.
Sarah Bennett can be reached at 270-505-1750 or email@example.com.