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Police investigating death of East Ridge couple

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Tragedy strikes an East Ridge neighborhood where most people have lived for decades including the man who grew up at 4016 Ealy Road. Over the weekend, neighbors found John Frost and his girlfriend Cynthia Luedkebriant dead inside.

"I hadn't seen him in several days. We were gonna go down and check on him," neighbor Ronnie Samples says.

A police report states Frost was found in a recliner chair, his hand in his lap holding a pistol, one gunshot wound to his head. Luedkebriant was found lying on her back in the hallway. Next to her, a cordless phone. Both showed signs they were deceased for a while.

"One of the neighbors said that a few days before that they heard a gun shot. Of course this neighborhood sometimes you hear fire crackers and things like that going," Samples explains.

Questions remain as to the circumstances surrounded their deaths.

"I think he might've found Cindy the way she was and he couldn't handle it," says Samples.

While not legally married, they had been together for more than 20 years. "They were both good people, you couldn't beat them."

East Ridge police are currently awaiting results from the Hamilton County Medical Examiners Office but are only saying this is a death investigation.

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