City News Service and police reports
Assisted suicide is being considered as the cause of death of two La Jollans identified as Howard Frank Jaffe, 81, and his 78-year-old wife, Elaine Fern Jaffe, who were found by police seated next to one another on a couch in the 8700 block of Caminito Sueno off La Jolla Scenic Drive North in the 128-unit La Jolla Shores Heights townhome development on Wednesday, Feb. 29 about 12:30 p.m.
Frank Jaffe had a plastic bag over his head with a clear breathing tube leading to a helium tank, leading police to postulate at first that it was a murder-suicide.
The Medical Examiner’s office has subsequently released information that a suicide kit was found inside the Jaffe’s townhome, suggesting their death may have been an assisted suicide.
The Jaffe’s bodies were found after their out-of-town son called police asking them to do a welfare check on his parents whom he’d been unable to contact.
Autopsy results on the deceased couple are still pending.