Caroline Ashworth and Michael Mollow have been found dead in an apparent murder-suicide in Wethersfield, Connecticut, police said in a press release. Ashworth, a 21-year-old Branford resident and college student, and Mollow, a 59-year-old dentist and divorced father of two, had a “previous domestic relationship,” police said.
Ashworth and Mollow were found dead in and by a car parked by the side of a road after police responded to reports of shots fired on Saturday, August 27, 2022, Wethersfield Police said in its press release. The dead are still under investigation, police said.
According to the press release from the Wethersfield Police Department, around 9:28 PM on Aug. 27, officers responded in the 74 Mountain Laurel Drive area after 911 callers reported hearing the sound of gunshots. Officers found a vehicle parked outside that address with two dead in and just outside the vehicle, the press release said.
“Preliminary investigation revealed no immediate threat to the community,” police said. “Caroline Anne Ashworth, 21 years old, of Branford, CT, was found dead in the front driver’s seat of the car. She had multiple gunshot wounds to her torso and limbs. The deceased man, who was outside the vehicle by the driver’s door, was identified as Michael Mollow, aged 59, of Branford, CT. Mollow had a gunshot wound to the chest and head.”
According to the police: “Investigations revealed that Mollow and Ashworth had had a previous domestic relationship. Based on the established cause of death, this case is still under investigation as a homicide-suicide. There is currently no motive for the shooting.”
Police added: “The matter is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Wethersfield Police Detective Division at 860-721-2865.
Michael Mollow was a dentist with the North Branford Dental Group, according to the practice’s website. His biography page stated, “Dr. Michael Mollow joined North Branford Dental Group in 1997. He received a BA in Art History from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Tufts Dental School in Boston in 1988, Massachusetts.
The bio page added: “Mike’s father and grandfather were dentists and currently his aunt is too! Dr. Mollow lives with his wife, two children and several pets in Branford. He enjoys skiing, sailing, golfing and spending time with his family.”
According to Connecticut court records, Mollow’s wife filed for divorce in May 2021. The divorce was finalized that same month, according to court records reviewed by Heavy. Mollow’s ex-wife could not be reached for comment, but told WFSB it is now a “tough time for her and her children,” the news station reported.
North Branford Dental Group posted a now-deleted Facebook post about Mollow’s death. The message said:
The message also included information for Mollow’s patients about rescheduling appointments, saying: “Our staff have come together as a family during this difficult time. We are a strong, close-knit, resilient officer who is still focused on providing the best care for our patients. … Thank you to everyone who has contacted us with expressions of sympathy and concern for our well-being, we appreciate you.”
The post was filled with dozens of condolences, but was removed after Ashworth’s aunt herself posted a comment. She wrote: “He killed MY Cousin! TRAGIC LOSS FOR HER AND OUR FAMILY! This man was sick and demented with a horrible history of mental health problems. He was nothing but a manipulative abuser. She was only 21 and he was 59!!!”
Ashworth’s aunt added: ‘There are always two sides to every story. … He shot and killed her and then took his own life … what a coward to do. ‘
Caroline Ashworth was originally from Houston, Texas, and also lived in Richmond, Texas, before moving to Connecticut, according to her Facebook page. She also lived in Sugar Land, Texas. It was not immediately clear when Ashworth moved to Connecticut. Public records show she had lived in a waterfront home in Branford owned by Mollow.
She graduated from William B. Clements High School in the Fort Bend Independent School District in Texas and had attended Gateway Community College in New Haven and Lone Star College in Texas, according to her Facebook.
On Instagram, Ashworth posted ‘Justlovepls’ in her bio section. On August 20, Ashworth posted a TikTok video saying, “I can’t ba bird and fly away, but I can drive 1000 miles across the country to get away from you.” She added in the caption, “And that’s on abusive, toxic relationships #livelaughlove.”