Worland: 22-Year-Old Pregnant Woman Killed in Murder-Suicide

Worland: 22-Year-Old Pregnant Woman Killed in Murder-Suicide

Written by on August 23, 2022

The Washakie County Sheriff’s Office responded to a murder-suicide last week after a pregnant woman was shot and killed in a tragic incident of domestic violence.

In a press release, the Washakie County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the death of 22-year-old Carlene D. Brown on Tuesday, August 16. She was the victim of a murder-suicide believed to have occurred the night before.

On August 16, around 11:09 a.m., the Washakie County Sheriff’s Office was called to 342 Highway 20 North, along U.S. Highway 20 north of Worland. Deputies were asked to conduct a welfare check on a female subject who was reported to be living at that address.

Deputies responded to the scene and attempted to contact the female subject at a residence on the west side of the property. There was no response.

On-site employees were asked about the location of the female subject. They indicated she should be in the residence with her boyfriend. Deputies attempted to make contact again, with no response.

It was determined that entry be made into the home. Deputies were able to breach the front door, which was heavily barricaded.

Upon entry into the home, deputies located two deceased bodies. One person, the victim, was identified as Carlene D. Brown.

Washakie County Sheriff's Office and Worland Police Department

The coroner determined Brown died of four gunshot wounds. Tragically, the coroner also determined that Brown was pregnant at the time of her passing.

The second person, the suspect, was identified as 50-year-old Donald M. Orr. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Upon further investigation by the Washakie County Sheriff’s Office and the Washakie County Coroner’s Office, it was determined Donald Orr shot and killed Brown. Then, he took his own life.

The incident occurred on or around the late evening hours of August 15 or the early morning hours of August 16. No other suspect(s) were involved in this case.

Brown’s family has set up a GoFundMe to pay for her funeral expenses. A fund has also been established at Security State Bank in her honor.

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