Deaths ruled a homicide after couple found inside Delaware County home: Police

Police were called to the home for a welfare check and found the bodies.

Friday, January 6, 2023
Deaths ruled a homicide after couple found inside Delaware County home
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Police were called to the home for a welfare check and found the bodies of 71-year-old Richard Zajko and his 68-year-old wife Rita.

CHESTER HEIGHTS, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- The deaths of a married couple found inside a home in Chester Heights, Delaware County have been ruled a double homicide, police said Thursday.

Pennsylvania State Police say the discovery occurred around 5:15 p.m. Monday along the unit block of Highland Drive.

Police were called to the home for a welfare check and found the bodies of 71-year-old Richard Zajko and his 68-year-old wife Rita.

"It's shocking, you know? It's something that you wouldn't imagine happening here, and the fact that it did; especially having children, there's a lot of children in this neighborhood, makes it even scarier," neighbor Dan Steinhaus said.

Neighbors in the area said the couple got along well with everyone in the area and kept their yard immaculate.

"He was always outside, cutting his grass or cleaning the leaves. They always had impeccable Christmas lights every single year," Steinhaus said. "They would just wave and give a smile."

The incident is actively under investigation by the criminal investigation unit and police said they are not releasing any additional details.

State police are asking anyone with information that could help with their investigation to contact them at 484-840-1000.