Widow Takes Her Life 2 Weeks After Her Jogger Husband Was Hacked to Death
The wife of the Texas jogger who was randomly hacked to death with a machete reportedly killed herself in the couple’s home two weeks after her husband’s murder, officials said.
Police found Patti Stevens, 54, dead of a suspected suicide Sunday in her Sunnyvale home, where she lived with her husband of 25 years, Dave, since 2009, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Her late husband’s coworkers called police about 2:15 p.m. for a welfare check because they were concerned for Stevens after she didn’t answer her phone on Saturday night or Sunday morning, neighbors told the Morning News.
Police said Stevens’ body was found about six minutes later, the paper reported, writing that neighbors said she was discovered in the garage and may have died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The Dallas County medical examiner’s office said the woman’s cause of death was pending toxicology results, expected to be completed in about 12 weeks.
Stevens was struggling after the brutal death of her husband, 53, who was out for a routine run when former Texas A&M football player Thomas Johnson, 21, allegedly slashed him repeatedly with a machete October 12.
“Dave was the love of my life and I’m lost without him,” Stevens told the Morning News, saying she could no longer sleep, eat or think clearly after her husband’s murder.
The couple, who had no children, met the day they graduated from Michigan State University, and in 1989, they moved to Dallas to start a life together.
She worked as a physical therapist and he held an electrical engineering job at GE, according to reports. Dave Stevens ran 10 miles every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning around White Rock Lake, where he encountered Johnson, the Morning News wrote.