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Texas city mayor, daughter found dead in home

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Mother and daughter are found with gunshot wounds to the head
  • The home did not show signs of forced entry
  • Police found the pair during a welfare check
  • Coppell is northwest of Dallas

(CNN) -- The mayor of Coppell, Texas, and her daughter were found dead in their home with gunshot wounds to the head, officials in the suburban Dallas city said Tuesday.

Authorities did not disclose a motive for the deaths. But Mayor Jayne Peters' home showed no signs of forced entry, the city said in a statement.

Peters and her 19-year-old daughter, Corinne, were found dead Tuesday evening by officers who had been sent to conduct a welfare check on the family.

The officers had gone to the home at the request of the city manager's office after the mayor did not show up for a scheduled council meeting.

"Because we do not have all the facts and the investigation is not complete, we cannot release any additional information," said Deputy Police Chief Steve Thomas.

Peters was elected mayor in May 2009 and had served as a member of the city council since 1998.

Coppell, 16 miles northwest of Dallas, has a population of 39,000.