CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. – Police have determined that a southwestern Pennsylvania man died of natural causes the same day his longtime girlfriend was found beaten to death in a separate residence in the same town.
Police had previously thought 63-year-old James Claybourne might have committed suicide in his Connellsville home on June 1. Instead, the Fayette County coroner has determined he died of a heart problem.
An autopsy had previously confirmed that 58-year-old Priscilla Harris died of blunt force trauma and her death has been ruled a homicide.
Police are trying to determine whether Claybourne killed Harris before he died.
Her body was found about 6 p.m. that day, more than five hours after Claybourne's body was found in another location in Connellsville. That's about 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.