New Mexico couple found dead in an apparent murder-suicide

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – Authorities say an elderly couple has been found shot to death inside their southern New Mexico home and it appears to be a murder-suicide.

Dona Ana County Sheriff’s officials a relative went to the couple’s home near Mesilla about 9 a.m. Monday and discovered the bodies.

They say the man and woman reportedly had lived together for about 30 years, but were never married.

Their names and ages weren’t immediately released.

Sheriff’s officials say the bodies are being sent to the University of New Mexico Office of the Medical Examiner for autopsies.

They say an initial investigation suggests the man shot the woman and then turned the gun on himself.

The couple’s dog was also fatally shot. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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