Authorities rule Breezy Point deaths as murder-suicide
Investigators believe three deaths discovered Tuesday night at a timeshare resort in Breezy Point, Minnesota, were the result of a murder-suicide.
According to the Crow Wing County Attorney’s Office, Melanie Michele Jansen, 54, of Maple Grove, and her daughter, Hannah Nicole Parmenter, 29, of Elk River, were both found shot multiple times. Jansen’s significant other, Michael Charles Toner, 59, of Maple Grove, suffered a single gunshot wound to the head.
The attorney’s office said Thursday that police believe Toner fatally shot the two women before killing himself.
A man identified as Jansen’s son and Parmenter’s brother told police he and his wife arrived at the timeshare Tuesday evening to meet his family, who had been renting the unit since Friday, but their knocks at the door went unanswered. He then peeked through the window and encountered the bloody scene.
Authorities say there is no ongoing threat to the public.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office are assisting with the investigation.
Here is a list of suicide prevention and mental health resources:
- U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Minnesota Department of Health’s Suicide Prevention Program
- Minnesota Department of Human Service’s adult mental health resources
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Minnesota
- Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, Press 1
- Minnesota Farm and Rural Mental Health Helpline at 833-600-2670, ext. 1
- Crisis Phone Line – In the Twin Cities metro area, call **CRISIS (**274747) from a cellphone to talk to a team of professionals who can help.
- Crisis Text Line – Text MN to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.
If you believe someone is at risk of suicide, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests you:
- Ask questions about whether the individual is having suicidal thoughts.
- Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
- Seek help from a medical or mental health professional. If it is an emergency situation, take the person to a hospital.
- Remove any objects from a person’s home that could be potentially used in a suicide.
- Do not leave the person alone, if possible, until help is available.
The U.S. National Suicide Prevention organization has also compiled a list of resources to help with coping during the COVID-19 pandemic.