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Middleborough man, 21, charged with murdering parents inside their home

Police investigated the deaths of two people on Highland Street Thursday morning.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

MIDDLEBOROUGH — A 21-year-old man was arrested Thursday and charged with killing his parents at their home here, in what one official called a “tragic and horrifying situation.”

The deaths of Renee True, 55, and David True, 52, inside their home at 3 Highland St. are being investigated as a double homicide, Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz’s office announced Thursday night. Their son, Ryan, is due to be arraigned Friday on two counts of murder in Wareham District Court, according to prosecutors.

Police responded to the address around 6:30 a.m. to check on the well-being of one of the victims, who hadn’t shown up for work, Police Chief Joseph Perkins said.


“Two individuals, a male and a female, were discovered deceased inside the home,” Perkins said, speaking during an afternoon news conference at the police station.

Ryan True, Perkins said, was arrested soon after police discovered the bodies.

The deaths shocked residents of the neighborhood in the town south of Boston.

One neighbor who lives nearby on Miller Street, and who didn’t want his name published, said he and his wife knew the victims.

“Real good people,” the man said as he stood in his driveway. “They were really great people.”

David True was employed by MCE Dirtworks Inc., a paving and excavation company based in Easton, the company said on Facebook.

“David True was truly one of the best men we have had the privilege of knowing. His charisma and passion for his work were contagious; a true leader,’' a company statement said. “He will be sorely missed by all of us here and by anyone lucky enough to call him their friend.’'

A police cruiser was parked at the end of Highland Street late Thursday afternoon, alongside a row of orange cones and barricades with a sign that said, “Road closed to thru traffic.”


“I’d like to reassure the community that this was not a random act of violence, and they have no reason to fear living in the community of Middleborough,” Perkins told reporters during the briefing.

“The subject was not at the scene,” Perkins said. “We had a short investigation that led us to him and he was placed under arrest.” He said the arrest was “uneventful” but declined to say where True was apprehended and what, if anything, he may have told the officers.

Perkins also declined to provide details about what investigators discovered at the crime scene or whether police had responded to the residence previously for any reason.

“This is a tragic and horrifying situation for obviously the family of the deceased and also here in the town of Middleborough,” Cruz said at the news conference. “This is a beautiful little community, and this does not happen here very often, fortunately.”

The investigation remains active, according to Cruz. Officials didn’t disclose the cause of death for either victim, nor did they say what prompted the slayings.

The probe, Cruz said, is “an ongoing job that must be done thoroughly and appropriately and that takes time. ... At the arraignment we’ll have more information that we’re going to be able to detail in open court.”

He called the slayings “a terrible situation” for the victims’ family and the town.

“And the police are going to do their very best to make sure that we get in front of this, and make sure that we dot all our i’s and cross all our t’s, as we usually do,” Cruz said.


Emily Sweeney can be reached at emily.sweeney@globe.com. Follow her @emilysweeney and on Instagram @emilysweeney22.