Investigators have determined the deaths of a Walnut Creek couple found Tuesday afternoon in their Holland Drive home were the result of a murder-suicide carried out by the husband – contractor Richard Huber Jr., 66.
They believe Huber, owner of Dean Huber Construction for the past 19 years, shot his wife Sarah, 68, before turning the gun on himself. The couple was found Tuesday after a friend, concerned they had not seen the pair in several days, notified police after going to the home and encountering a distinct odor after failing to get a response from anyone inside.
Police entering the couple’s Holland Drive home found the couple dead of gunshot wounds. Reports that a family pet had also been shot and killed could not be immediately confirmed. It was not immediately known how long the couple were inside the residence before their bodies were discovered.
Readers of this site wrote about meeting with Richard Huber about future contracting services in recent weeks, with the contractor giving no indication that anything may have been amiss at home. Friends and neighbors have said the couple may have been dealing with some health issues of late, and that Huber was known to have guns in the residence.
Sarah Huber worked in support of her husband’s contracting business, friends said.
Walnut Creek police asked anyone with specific information about the couple to call Walnut Creek Police Department Detective Sergeant Andy Brown at 925-256-3553.