Police investigate death of Dickinson couplePolice are investigating what they believe to be a murder-suicide in Dickinson.
Police are investigating what they believe to be a murder-suicide in Dickinson.
The bodies of Thomas Bauman, 65, and Darlene Bauman, 64, were found in their home Friday evening, Dickinson Police Senior Patrol Officer Brian Koskovich said Saturday.
“It was called in by one of their children,” Koskovich said. “They’d made numerous attempts to try and get a hold of them and they were unable to do so, so they called and requested a welfare check.”
It is unclear when the Baumans died, he added, but an autopsy is scheduled for Monday in Bismarck.
“There is no reason to believe at this time that there’s anybody else involved,” Koskovich said.
No further information was released by police Saturday, but Koskovich said details would be available Monday.
The Baumans’ are listed as living on Seventh Avenue West in Dickinson.
Cory and Tammy Chamberlain, who live nearby, said they didn’t know the Baumans personally, but used to see the couple around the neighborhood.
The Chamberlains saw police at the home taking pictures Friday.
“We thought maybe someone broke in,” Cory Chamberlain said.
They said the Baumans lived in the same house when they moved in about 14 years ago.
The Chamberlains haven’t heard or seen anything out of the ordinary in their area, though they haven’t seen the Baumans in months, Cory Chamberlain said.
“We used to see them walking at least every day,” Cory said.
Cory Chamberlain said Thomas Bauman’s health didn’t appear to be good.
“He never could get around the best,” Cory Chamberlain said.
Candice Chamberlain, the Chamberlains’ daughter, was surprised to hear the news about the Baumans.
“Whenever I saw them they looked happy together,” she said.
Tammy and Candice Chamberlain fear for the safety of their children because of the crime that has taken place in Dickinson lately.
“By adding that with the burglaries going on on the east side, it’s getting a little scary,” Tammy Chamberlain said. “I don’t let the girls go anywhere by themselves anymore.”