Saturday 21 April 2018

Man calls son moments before standing in front of oncoming train with wife of 42 years

Earl Myatt and Mary Myatt
Earl Myatt and Mary Myatt
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

A MAN phoned his son to apologise moments before he and his wife of 42 years died after standing in front of an oncoming freight train.

Earl Myatt took his wife Mary to the Verona tracks on Sunday afternoon just after calling his son, according to the the Syracuse Post-Standard reports.

It is reported that Mary had become frustrated after a brain aneurysm left her unable to take care of herself.

She couldn’t used the bathroom by herself and was also struggling to regain her speech.

Earl was also having a difficult time coping with his wife's diminished condition.

He changed his shift at the book shop where he worked to begin at 3:30am so he could spend afternoons and evenings with Mary.

The couple wed when they were just 17-years-old, and had two sons and four grandchildren.

"He just said he loved me and he was sorry," son Brad Myatt, 30, told the newspaper.

Officers called to the scene found a suicide note in the couple’s car  located close to the tracks.

It is reported that officers have analysed CCTV footage of the incident as part of their investigation.

"She was his world," Brad Myatt said.

"He was saddened by what she had been reduced to," he told the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

"He missed his wife."


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