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San Marcos man, 88, arrested for assisting suicide

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - An 88-year-old man suspected of assisting his ailing wife's suicide at their home has been released on bail in what relatives called a shocking end to a happy marriage.

Relatives say Alan Purdy, a pilot and biomedical engineer, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of assisting the suicide of 84-year-old Margaret "Jo" Purdy, whose son-in-law said had been sick for several years and tried to kill herself before.

The relative, John Muster, did not know the circumstances of her death.

The couple had known each other for many years before marrying. Relatives called them an excellent match.

Margaret Purdy took close care of her husband, who has lost much of his hearing. He watched after her as she battled a series of ailments.

He was held briefly at county jail before his son picked him up on a $15,000 bond.


This is a story update. The previous story is below.

SAN MARCOS (CNS) - An 88-year-old man was in custody Wednesday on suspicion of aiding in the suicide of a woman found dead at a rural San Marcos home, authorities said.

The death in the 900 block of Cycad Drive was reported shortly after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Larry Nesbit.

A homicide team was sent to investigate due to "suspicious circumstances" at the residence, Nesbit said without elaboration.

Later in the day, authorities arrested Alan Harris Purdy of San Marcos on suspicion of aiding in a suicide, said Nesbit, who described the woman as "elderly."

The woman's name was withheld pending family notification.

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