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Motive In Murder-Attempted Suicide Still Unknown

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Police released the 911 call Thursday that was made by a man who said he killed his wife and tried to kill himself Wednesday.

According to Columbus police, Leif Mortensen, 72, called 911 from the 4900 block of Kingpin Drive at about 2:26 p.m. Wednesday.

He allegedly told dispatchers that he stabbed his wife and cut his own throat, according to detectives.

Arriving officers and medic personnel found Margaret R. Mortensen, 74, with multiple knife wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators returned to the Mortensen home Thursday morning, carrying out large sacks of evidence that they hope will help them understand why Leif allegedly murdered his wife.

Dispatcher: "911, what is your emergency? What is going on?"

Leif: "I just killed my wife."

Dispatcher: "What did you do to try and kill yourself?"

Leif: "I tried to stab myself in the throat."

Dispatcher: "Are you hurt?

Leif: "Yes."

Dispatcher: "What did you kill your wife with?"

Leif: "A knife."

Dispatcher: "Is it the same knife?"

Leif: "Yes."

Dispatcher: "So you stabbed her?"

Leif: "Yes."

Police said they've never been called to the home before.

Investigators said family members are in shock and don't know why this happened.

The 911 call reveals very little of a possible motive.

Dispatcher: "Was this an accident or did you do this on purpose?"

Leif: "I did it on purpose."

Dispatcher: "Why?"

Leif: "I just did. That's all. I don't know why."

Leif is charged with murder and remains at Riverside Methodist Hospital in stable condition.

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