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Bodies of mother and daughter discovered in Bristol apartment

Staff • May 10, 2008 at 12:00 AM

A mother and daughter are dead in what Bristol, Tenn., police believe to be a murder/suicide.

According to a press release from the Bristol, Tenn., Police Department, at approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday, officers discovered the bodies of 33-year-old Ivory Black-Clark and her six year-old daughter, Sydney Black, inside their residence at 1824 King College Rd., Apt. E1. Judging from the condition of the bodies, investigators believe that the two had been dead for some time.

On April 11, Clark had reported herself as a victim of a crime, and police were attempting to follow up on that report. The investigating officer had made several unsuccessful attempts to contact Clark. As he made additional inquiries, he learned that Clark and her daughter had not been seen or heard from in at least two weeks.

On Friday evening, two investigators and officers from the patrol division went back to the residence. At that time they made observations that led them to suspect the worst. After forcing their way inside, they found Clark and her daughter dead inside the apartment.

The initial indication is that Clark may have killed her daughter and then herself. Investigators spent several hours processing the scene on Friday night and early Saturday morning, and the evidence that was collected will be sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation lab for analysis. The bodies have been taken to the Quillen College of Medicine for autopsies.

Police say that because the investigation is still open, further comments on specific elements of this case cannot be made at this time.

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