Aug 5, 2010 1:34 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Couple's suicide pact ends in Colorado cabin

Authorities say an elderly Arizona couple found shot to death at a scenic cabin in southern Colorado died as part of a decades-old plan to end their lives before age took its toll.

Lansing C. Holden, 83, and Carol Holden, 78, were found lying side by side July 26 in a remote cabin south of Pagosa Springs. They were from Sedona, Ariz.

Archuleta County Coroner Carl Macht Wednesday ruled the deaths a murder-suicide.

Macht says the couple discussed their intentions with their daughter in the '70s and '80s and left a notorized suicide note that discussed their wishes to be in charge of the timing of their deaths.

Lansing Holden had been an architect; Carol Holden was an editor at a news magazine.


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