"From an investigation that has taken place yesterday afternoon, and continued at the crime lab earlier today where autopsies were performed on all three subjects, we're now looking at this case and ruling it as a double homicide-suicide," said Lt. Tommy Pope, sheriff for Fayette County, Ga., on Tuesday afternoon.
Pope said evidence from Benoit's suburban Atlanta home led investigators to believe that the wrestler murdered his 43-year-old wife Nancy, possibly on Friday, by asphyxiation. Pope said sometime shortly after that, Benoit murdered his seven-year-old son Daniel, also by asphyxiation.
"Then maybe later on Saturday evening, sometime early Sunday, he committed suicide by hanging himself in the basement," said Pope, adding that no suicide note was found at the scene.
Benoit, 40, his wife and son were found dead at 2 p.m. on Monday in three separate rooms.