The Warren County Sheriff says a Rochester-area man apparently shot and killed his two children before killing himself at a Lake George campground on Monday.
Sheriff Nathan “Bud” York identified the shooter as 29-year-old Adam Parcells of Hilton, and the victims as his two children, 10-year old Noel Parcells of Rochester and three-year old Mia Parcells of Hilton.
Noel attended Village Elementary in Hilton from 2nd-5th grade, according to a Hilton School District spokesperson.
Grief counselors will be available for students when school begins.
York said the children were shot to death apparently while they slept sometime Monday night. The campground owner found the bodies Tuesday morning.
This happened at the Adirondack Camping Village, a campground about two miles north of the village of Lake George, off Route 9.
"There weren't a lot of tents near it. Up over the hill, there were some more tents. We interviewed everybody we could find there today. A number of people have already left. It was a rainy day yesterday as well, but we haven't located anyone that said they saw anything or heard anything,” said York.
York said the gun used in the shooting was a Hi-Point .45 caliber rifle apparently purchased at a Dick's Sporting Goods in the Rochester area back in July.
Autopsies will be performed Wednesday in Albany.
When asked about a missing persons report referred to by Sheriff York, the Rochester Police Department told YNN that the department is looking into its involvement with this family. They said they would release more information Wednesday.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office confirms it did take a missing person report for Mia Parcells on Monday night, shortly after 9 o'clock.
Hilton Community ReactsBy: Casey J. Bortnick
Rochester: Local Man, Two Children Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide in Lake George
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"It's a very eerie feeling," said Bonnie St. John. For two years, she lived next door to Adam Parcells.
"He wasn't one to carry on a conversation with somebody,” said St. John.
She barely got to know him.
"We would try to talk to him say hi to him and stuff, and he just seemed more or less to himself. Maybe things were going on that he didn't want to discuss,” she said.
At first, Bonnie says the Parcells seemed like a happy family. Parcells lived in a quiet neighborhood with his wife Marcie, their daughter Mia, and Parcells' daughter Noel from a previous marriage.
“Little Mia, she was just a sweetheart. Noel was a good little girl – she used to call my husband, hey Don, and bring him cookies,” said Bonnie. “They seemed to get along very well as sisters; they were always outside playing with each other."
As time went by, Bonnie saw the kids less and less, until it appeared Parcells was living by himself.
“He's been alone for quite a while, I would say the last two, three, four months he's been by himself. I know Marcie had moved out,” said Bonnie.
Family and friends say Noel moved in with her mother in Rochester and was planning to attend a private school in the city.
Marcie moved in with her parents, less than a mile away. Bonnie says she still saw Mia occasionally on the weekends.
"He was very attentive to her and very loving, you could see that, so I was very, very, shocked when I heard about this."
Bonnie says her neighbor would leave for work and not come back for days at a time. She and her husband volunteered to watch his dog.
"I could tell Adam was struggling,” said Bonnie.
Despite his struggles, Bonnie never thought he was capable of something so terrible.
"I was sick. I was sick Two beautiful little girls."
Noel Parcells attended Village Elementary in Hilton from second to fifth grade. Hilton superintendent David Dimbelby says grief counselors will be made available to her former classmates and other students Wednesday, the first day of school. Since family members of Mia Parcells work in the district, counselors will also be available district wide.
Marcie Parcells is a graduate of Hilton. Neither she or anyone in her immediate family was available for comment.