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UPDATE: Forsyth County Man Kills Wife, Then Himself

The names of a Forsyth County couple who died in an apparent murder-suicide Monday night have been released.

UPDATE: 12-12-12, 10:50 a.m. (names released)

A married Forsyth County couple who authorities believe were having marital problems were found dead Monday night in an apparent murder-suicide, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities have released their names.

Investigators say John Vitkow, 65, called 911 around 9:40 p.m. and told the dispatcher that he had killed his wife, Nancy Lee Vitkow, 66, with a .357 Magnum gun. He then told the dispatcher that he was going to leave the front door unlocked and was going to kill himself.

When deputies arrived at the couple's home, located on Stonehill Drive in the Pines at Stonegate subdivision in south Forsyth, they tried to make contact with Vitkow via a public address radio. Following several attempts to reach out to him and getting no response, the deputies entered the home and found the couple dead. They had been shot, a press release stated.

During the Vitkow's conversation with the dispatcher, he indicated that he and his wife were having marital problems. Investigators speculate this information could have led to the murder-suicide.

Investigators were able to locate the couple’s next of kin Tuesday night and tell them of the couple's deaths.

Wendy December 30, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Linda, You can call me anytime...256-919-7088. So sorry for your loss. I am Nancy's niece, Wendy. <3
Carol January 03, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Dear Wendy, Thank you for responding. I was her friend here, especially in the last year, when she was suffering so much and was so alone. After John divorced her and left her for that other woman, you know she almost died as a result of her brokenleg and the massive infection that set into thebone there. But she had a strong spirit and everytime something happened that was dificult, she overcame it and rebounded. I think, being so alone, that when John came back that last time, (he had comeback several times pleading with her to remarry) that he finally convinced her he was sincere. Over the last 9 months of her life, I had repeated conversations with agencies and experts from Forsyth Co Mental Health, Adult Protective Services, and the Sherrifs office, in an effort to find her the support and protection she needed. Ultimately, she returned to John, putting her life back in his hands, literally. SHe told me "Carol, I just have to give him one more chance" and in her last 24 hours, she told me, she knew God Loved her and had sent her angels in the form of her beloved dog, her friends and neighbors and doctors, ,and the many little miraculous "coincidences" that showed someone was watching out for her. I am so happy to here the happy stories you shared about your childhood and Nancy's place in your life and I am so happy to know you loved and cared about her. I know she loved you..... God Bless you.
Wendy January 04, 2013 at 03:40 AM
Carol, It was so nice talking with you the other day! I just got your message from earlier today...I will call you back tomorrow. Aunt Nancy was so lucky to have had you in her life. I would have gotten more involved, but I was the sole caretaker of my Uncle Raymond for mostly all of his life until he recently passed away. He lived with me and required constant care. It was my privilege to care for him. I miss him so much. I have something that belonged to Aunt Nancy that I am giving to you when we meet! I know that you will love it!! Thank you for being such a dear and special friend to her.
Carol January 14, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Has anyone started planning Nancy's memorial or funeral? I would definitely want to participate in the planning..... thanks
Wendy January 14, 2013 at 02:29 AM
Carol, I would, too! Unfortunately, my family never even told me that Aunt Nancy died! I would love to know the funeral arrangements. No one tells me anything. When I asked my Aunt, I was told I was a "Nobody" and that "It's not my concern," Very sad.

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