Two people who were featured on a cable reality show were found dead Tuesday in what’s being called a murder-suicide. Mark and Debby Constantino, who had recurring roles on Travel Channel’s long-running program “Ghost Adventures,” died following a standoff with a SWAT team in Nevada, according to media reports.
Additionally, Mark Constantino was named by authorities as a suspect in the death of a man whose body was reportedly found in the Reno home of Debby Constantino. Mark and Debby Constantino were reportedly estranged.
The standoff occurred at the Sparks apartment of the Constantinos’ adult daughter, where police found the couple’s bodies after entering the home, the U.K. publication The Daily Mail reports.
“Tuesday’s incidents began at 6:30 a.m. when Reno police received a call of a man found dead at a home in northwest Reno where Debby Constantino had been living. She was declared missing,” the publication reports. “Police say Mark Constantino was a suspect in that death.”
Authorities tracked Mark Constantino to the Sparks apartment, where he reportedly barricaded himself and Debby Constantino inside the residence and fired at police as they tried to approach. An hour-long standoff ensued.
“Sparks police Lt. Rocky Triplett confirmed on Wednesday that the two incidents were ‘directly related,'” The Daily Mail reports.
The report quotes Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson saying Mark Constantino told officers, “Give me 15 minutes to gather my thoughts or I’ll kill her.”
“However, when Constantino ceased to communicate with officers, they entered the apartment and found him and his wife dead,” the publication reports. “Police said that Debby Constantino had obtained a restraining order against her estranged husband just one week ago, and the two were scheduled to appear in court in December regarding their pending divorce.”
The report adds: “Without naming her at the time, Reno police Lt. William Rulla told the Reno Gazette-Journal [Debby Constantino] had been a victim in an earlier kidnapping and domestic incident involving Mark Constantino, and that officers tracking her cellphone located her inside the Sparks apartment with her estranged husband.”