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Police: Son killed parents with hammer before hosting party

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - Port St. Lucie police have arrested a 17-year-old-teen in connection with the deaths of his parents.

Police say Tyler Hadley has been charged with two counts of first degree murder.

Investigators say they found the deceased bodies of Blake and Mary-Joe Hadley in their bedroom at 371 N.E. Granduer Avenue on Sunday morning. They had been partially covered with household items such as towels, books and files.

They say they found a hammer in between their bodies, and it is believed to be the murder weapon.

The Hadleys suffered blunt force trauma to the head and torso, according to investigators.

Jim Wallace lives next door to what had become the crime scene. "I wasn't quite sure until I saw the [medical examiner] show up; then, I knew what was going on," he said Sunday.

Neighbors said the Hadley's 17-year-old son had hosted a party with dozens of other teenagers Saturday evening into the early hours of Sunday.

Police say the parents were killed before the party. They don't think those attending the party knew the bodies were inside at the time. However, they would like anyone who attended the party to contact them.

The party began between 9 to 10 p.m. Investigators say the Hadleys were killed several hours before then.

One of those teenage guests was Mike Young who said he does not know the Hadley's son very well. "There was a good 50 people that were here (Saturday) night," said Young. A neighbor called police because of party noise, but it was not until later Sunday morning when police went into the Hadley home and made the grim discovery.

Wallace said he had not seen the Hadleys since police arrived on their street.

When police arrived for a 'welfare check' following a tip, they say Tyler Hadley appeared nervous. They said he said very little.

Blake Hadley worked for Florida Power and Light since 1981. Mary-Joe was a teacher at Village Green Elementary School.

Tyler Hadley is in custody and being held without bond. He is in the juvenile system but will be charged as an adult.

Dan Corcoran contributed to this report.

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