A homicide investigation is underway after an elderly couple was found dead early Saturday morning in Colorado, KKTV reports.
Lee and Stella Vigil had been reported missing at about 8:30 p.m. on Friday because they had not returned from a hike near the Edmundson trailhead.
Family members and police officers went to the trailhead and found a vehicle belonging to the Vigils, who both were in their 70s.
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El Paso County Search and Rescue crews were dispatched to the scene, and the bodies of the pair were found shortly after midnight Saturday off of the trail and along a creek. Both had “apparent gunshot wounds,” Fox News reports.
Detectives from the sheriff’s Violent Crimes Section-Homicide and Assault units are now leading the investigation.
The Edmundson trailhead is about eight miles north of downtown Colorado Springs, according to Fox News.
KRDO interviewed people along the trail after the bodies were discovered. Those who spoke said they were concerned about their safety and the safety of their loved ones.
“I don’t want my wife to come here alone,” Morty Zand told KRDO. “She always has to come with me from now on, if we come back.”
Michael Hollenbeck told KRDO he recognized the couple from his time on the trail.
“Up until today I usually feel pretty good,” Hollenbeck told KRDO. “You have to be a little careful, sometimes there are some sketchy people. It’s sad, it’s upsetting, I think I’ve seen them on the trail before.”
Authorities have not released any details about possible suspects or a motive. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
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