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MESA, Ariz. - Mesa Police have identified a mother and daughter who were found dead inside a home near Hawes Road & McKellips on Monday afternoon.

Police say a man called 911 and said he had returned from work to find both his wife and daughter dead inside their home.

45-year-old Marcia Wentzel and 12-year-old Caitlin Wentzel were pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police, both the mother and daughter have "debilitating, long term medical conditions" and two suicide notes were found inside the home. They believe one is from Caitlin and the other from Marcia.

The medical examiner will need to confirm the cause of death, but police say the scene suggested possible suffocation and/or prescription drug overdose.

Police are treating this as a murder-suicide.

There is no one in custody and police say they have no information to indicate someone else was involved.

The Maricopa county Crisis Line is available 24/7 to help anyone with a mental health crisis at 1-800-631-1314.

News of the deaths upset behavioral health experts at Marc Community Resources, liocated just a few blocks from Mesa Police headquarters. They say this tragedy did not have to happen.

"It is highly preventable, there are a number of resources available in the community that have very rapid response to someone in that type of despair," said Michael Franczak.

Neighbors say the child was handicapped and the family had just moved in to the area.
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