POSTED: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 11:52am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 4:18pm
COPPELL, Texas - The Dallas County Medical Examiner's office has ruled that the mayor of an upscale Dallas suburb killed herself and that her 19-year-old daughter's death was a homicide.
The medical examiner's office said Wednesday that 55-year-old Coppell (kuh-PEL') Mayor Jayne Peters shot herself in the head. Her daughter, Corinne, also died of a gunshot wound to the head, but her death was ruled a homicide.
Police discovered the bodies Tuesday evening after the mayor failed to show up for a city meeting. City spokeswoman Sharon Logan says there were no signs of forced entry.
Jayne Peters served as mayor of Coppell for the past year. Her daughter had just graduated high school and was bound for the University of Texas at Austin.
COPPELL, Texas – The mayor of an upscale suburb of Dallas and her teenage daughter were found shot to death at their home, city officials said Wednesday.
Police discovered the bodies of Coppell Mayor Jayne Peters, 55, and Corrine Peters, 19, around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, city spokeswoman Sharon Logan said. Police found no signs of forced entry, Logan said.
"It appears that both suffered gunshot wounds to the head," said Logan.
Police officers went to their home after the usually prompt mayor failed to arrive at a city council meeting and did not call to explain her absence, Logan said.
The circumstances of the shootings remained unclear. The Dallas County Medical Examiner's office said the autopsies have not been completed.
"Because we do not have all the facts and the investigation is not complete, we cannot release any additional information," said Deputy Police Chief Steve Thomas.
Jayne Peters, a contract software developer, had served as mayor of Coppell, a city of about 40,000, located 15 miles northwest of Dallas, for the past year. She had been a council member since 1998.
"This is a tremendous loss for the city, the community and the region," said City Manager Clay Phillips.
Corinne Peters graduated from Coppell High School this year. Her Facebook page shows a smiling girl in a white top and details her interests in movies and television comedies.
The mayor's husband, Donald Peters, 58, died in 2008.
She and her mother lived alone in their 3,850 square-foot brick home with a spa and pool.