Deaths of couple are still seen as homicides

Authorities are investigating the deaths of Fernand and Suzanne Wagner as a double homicide, but are still mum on how or why the Lomita Avenue couple was killed or who might have done it.

Investigators have a “preliminary idea” of how Fernand Wagner, 78, and his wife, Suzanne, 68, died — based on information from the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office — but are not releasing that information yet, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Don O’Keefe said Sunday.

The Sheriff’s Office, which provides personnel and support to Millbrae police under contract, is leading a joint investigation with Millbrae police into the deaths of the Wagners, who were found dead Wednesday afternoon in their home. Suzanne Wagner, who worked in a beauty salon, failed to show up at work Wednesday and her employer called the police.

Both were lying unresponsive on the floor when police found them at home, and the coroner’s office later pronounced them dead.

Investigators finished gathering evidence at the couple’s house at 624 Lomita Ave. this weekend, and will continue interviews with family and friends while evidence is analyzed in the county’s forensic crime lab, O’Keefe said.

“It’s hard to say when the interviews will be wrapped up because every interview we conduct leads us to something else that we need to look into,” O’Keefe said.

Despite reports that the Wagners’ missing black Cadillac — the only item police would acknowledge was missing from the home — was found in Daly City, neither Daly City police, Millbrae police nor O’Keefe would confirm that it was true.

O’Keefe said investigators were still determining whether the couple was specifically targeted.

“There were a lot of people in the neighborhood who said they were afraid someone was running around committing random crimes, but we don’t think this was the case,” O’Keefe said.

“It’s an isolated incident as far as we know, but if there are additional public safety concerns, we will alert the public.”

Investigators ask anyone with information about the case to call the Millbrae Police Department, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office or an anonymous tip line at (800) 547-2700.

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