April 25, 1981
Constance Welch, 24 Authorities attribute her suicide to extreme emotional distress.
A local woman’s death was ruled a suicide, the county Sheriff’s Department said earlier today. Constance Welch, 24, of 4636 Breckenridge Road leapt off Sylvania bridge at mile 33 of Centennial highway, and sub-sequently drowned last night.
Deputy J. Pierce told reporters that, hours before her death Ms. Welch logged a call with 911 emergency services. In a panicked tone, Ms. Welch described how she found her two young children, 5 and 6, in the bathtub, after leaving them alone for several minutes. She reported that their complexions were pale and blue, and that they were not breathing. Both children were later found at the home on Breckenridge. Neither survived. Deputy Pierce theorized that the extreme emotional distress, brought on by the death of her children, was a leading factor in Ms. Welch’s suicide.
Joseph Welch, 30 - Our babies were gone and Constance just couldn't bear it.
Ms. Welch and her two children are survived by Joseph Welch, 30, husband and father. Mr. Welch made a public statement this morning. “I can’t tell you how devastated I am. I just lost my entire family in one day. What happened to my children was a terrible accident. And it must have been too much for my wife. Our babies were gone, and Constance just couldn’t bear it.” said husband Joseph Welch. “Now I ask that you all please respect my privacy during these trying times.”
At the time of the children’s death and Ms. Welch’s subsequent suicide, Mr. Welch was at the Frontier auto salvage yard, where he works the graveyard shift as assistant manager. “Connie might have been quiet, but she was the sweetest, most caring girl I ever met.” said Deanna Kripke, a neighbor. “And she just doted on those children. She loved `em more than anything else in the world. I’m sure once those children were dead, she just didn’t want to go on living. It’s an awful thing.”
“Constance and Joe were one of those perfect couples that you always wished you could be,” said David Nutter, “Connie and the kids are with the angels right now, and the real victim here is Joe. What he‘s gonna do without his family, I just got no idea. ”
Mr. Welch asks that all flowers be sent to First Baptist Church, 2626 Talmalge Road, Jericho, California.
**I have always been curious what the newspaper article on these shows say so I took the time to figure it out. I had to take a few liberties for one of the sentences because I just couldn’t read it. I thought it was funny the names they use for the two quotes. I would have never noticed that if I hadn’t do this. I hope you like it.**
Sylvania Bridge, Centennial Highway, Jericho, CA