Autopsy confirms Littlestown man, daughter died in murder-suicide

LITTLESTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – An autopsy has confirmed that a 9-year-old Adams County girl is the victim of a murder-suicide.

Codie Powell died of multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death is homicide, Adams County Coroner Pet Felix’s office said Tuesday.

Her father, 36-year-old Donald Powell Jr., died of a gunshot wound to the head and the manner is suicide.

Littlestown police say the shooting occurred just before 3 a.m. Sunday in the first block of James Avenue. They said Powell’s wife, who had been shot in her shoulder, was outside the home before officers found her dead husband and daughter inside.

The motive for the shooting is unknown.

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