2018-11-07 / Front Page

Hobart Murder-Suicide Victims Identified by State Police

Estranged Couple Leaves Behind Three Children
By Rosie Cunningham

House at 60185 State Route 10 near Gun House Hill Road just outside the village of Hobart where a murder-suicide occurred Monday night.House at 60185 State Route 10 near Gun House Hill Road just outside the village of Hobart where a murder-suicide occurred Monday night.HOBART - The New York State Police identified Christopher German, 57, and Lisa German, 52, as victims of a murder-suicide which took place on Monday evening in Hobart.

The identities were confirmed on Wednesday during a press conference at the Troop C Headquarters in Sidney - the couple was estranged at the time of the incident. 

Lisa was a registered dietitian and also a consultant for Arbonne, and Christopher, originally from the Roxbury area, worked in Cooperstown.

The shooting took place at 60185 State Route 10 near Gunhouse Hill Road just outside the village of Hobart. The murder-suicide took place in the house, which is divided into multiple rental units.  According to medical examiner Dr. James Terzian, Lisa sustained two gunshot wounds - the fatal wound being a shot to the head.    

Scott Heggelke, the New York State Police Troop C bureau of criminal investigation captain, said the incident occurred at approximately 9 p.m. on Monday. The shooting took place in the living room,  the first room when  entering the apartment at the rear of the house.  

“Shortly before 2 p.m. on Nov. 6 (Tuesday), we were asked to do a welfare check by Christopher’s employer,” said Heggelke.  

Heggelke said it was out of character for Christopher to not show up to work without notice.

“We checked his residence in South Kortright first and at about 2:30 p.m., we checked his estranged wife’s residence on Route 10,” he said. “Officers quickly discovered both individuals were deceased on the floor and both sustained gunshot wounds. Christopher’s wound was self-inflicted and again, the scene is consistent with a murder-suicide.”

Heggelke said the weapon was a 38 caliber handgun registered to Christopher. The Delaware County coroner had the bodies transported to Binghamton for autopsies.

The couple had three children - a son who is a 2016 graduate of South Kortright Central School (SKCS), a daughter who is a 2018 SKCS graduate and the youngest child, a female in the eighth grade at SKCS. The children were not home at the time of the shooting, but the oldest son came on the scene. Law enforcement did not allow him to enter the residence. The children are staying with family locally.

Heggelke said  incidents such as this have taken place in Delaware County, but not in the recent past.

“This is a very sad and tragic event that took place and there is no threat to the public - this is a difficult time and I encourage people to come together as a community and be there for each other," he said.

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