A 58-year-old Glen Cove man apparently took his own life after discovering his elderly mother's body inside the home they shared, officials said Thursday.
Nassau police said the unidentified man committed suicide by shooting himself; a cause of death for the woman, 84, is pending an autopsy.
The bodies were found inside the Milford Lane home at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday after Adult Protective Services received an anonymous call and went to check on the welfare of the occupants.
When no one answered the door, Glen Cove police and firefighters entered the house, police said.
Det. Lt. John Azzata said the woman had been dead for days and it was "absolutely possible" that she died of natural causes.
"There is no indication this is a random act of violence . . . or that they were targeted," he said.
Azzata instead suggested that the man became distraught over losing a loved one.
"If she died of natural causes and the man committed suicide, it could be out of his love for the other individual," he said.
Police did not release their identities.
Investigators believe they were a mother and son, a police source said. So do neighbors, although they said they didn't know them very well.
The two kept to themselves, "isolated" from the rest of the tree-lined community, said a neighbor who asked not to be identified. "They never talked to anybody."
Azzata said the house was in "disarray" and that seven cats were believed to have lived inside. Some were found dead when officers arrived Thursday.
Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi said the city received multiple complaints about cats in and around the home over the years. There were as many as 30 to 40 on the property at one point, he said.
Animal-care workers spayed and returned many of the pets, he said. In addition, city code enforcement had received calls about the grass being overgrown in the yard.
"These red flags amounted to a need for adult protective services," Suozzi said.
That's when the agency was called to the home, along with police and firefighters, officials said.
With Gary Dymski