A husband and wife team of ghost hunters featured on a reality TV show were found dead in a barricaded apartment in Reno, Nevada, after a police stand-off. The bodies of the Mark and Debby Constantino, who have appeared on the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures,” were discovered when police finally made entrance to the apartment.
The couple was pronounced dead just hours after another homicide of a man that is “directly related” to this killing, according to police. While the identity of that man is not known, the Constantino couple’s standoff started after police left another location where they answered a 911 call and found the dead body of a man, according to Fox News on September 24.
The details of the chain of events are a bit sketchy, but police report the couple was found dead when the SWAT team stormed the Constantino’s adult daughter’s apartment when answering a call to a hostage situation.When they arrived Mark Constantino shot at police, but they did not return his fire.
Sparks Police Lt. Rocky Triplett said in an email on Wednesday, “The subjects involved in this incident were not shot at or injured by gunfire from any law enforcement personal.” The Washington Post is referring to the deaths of the ghost hunter couple as a “possible murder-suicide” today. They report that “Mark allegedly killed Debby, another man and himself as the chaotic personal life of the estranged couple unraveled.”
Debby and Mark were estranged and she had recently taken a restraining order out against Mark. Police had responded to the report of a man found dead in a northwest Reno home about 6:30 a.m. that same morning. Debby had been living at that house with another woman, police report.
Police then tracked Debby by pinging her cellphone’s location, which led them to the apartment of the couple’s daughter, where the two were barricaded inside. Several gunshots were heard along with a man yelling when police knocked on the apartment door.
The man, later identified as Mark Constantino, told police to “Give me 15 minutes to gather my thoughts or I’ll kill her,” according to Reno Police Chief Tom Robinson. Police then used explosives to blow in the front door and this is when they found the Constantino couple dead.
This is not the first time that police have had dealings with domestic disturbances with this couple. According to Fox News, “Debby Constantino also was the victim in an earlier kidnapping and domestic incident involving her estranged husband.”
The “Ghost Adventures” featured the Constantinos in several episodes on this popular Travel Channel show. They were in the episode that investigated the famous Mustang Ranch brothel for hauntings, which is outside of Reno. The two were also in the episodes where the Market Street Cinema and the Goldfield Hotel in San Francisco were investigated for ghosts with the crew of the “Ghost Adventures.”
They couple referred to themselves as EVP specialists. EVP stands for Electronic Voice Phenomena. This is where you capture disembodied voices of spirits or ghosts on a tape recorder. These are voices not heard with the human ear, according to an archived article from The Huntington Post.
According to Deadline today, police were called to an apartment where Debby was living with two other roommates at about 8 AM on Tuesday. One of her roommates found their male roommate dead and reported to the police that Debby was missing.
Police found Debby by tracking her cell phone and discovered that she was being held hostage by Mark Constantino in an apartment belonging to the couple’s daughter. Police attempted to negotiate with Mark, to no avail. Then at about 1:30 PM a S.W.A.T. team breached the apartment door and found both Mark and Debby Constantino dead.