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Cause of death of elderly hikers determined to be murder-suicide

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Posted at 4:39 PM, Oct 06, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS — The El Paso County Coroner's Office has completed the autopsies of an elderly couple whose bodies were found near the Edmundson trailhead in Colorado Springs on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The couple has been identified as 72-year-old Stella Vigil and 73-year-old Leroy Vigil of New Mexico.

The night of Oct. 3 Colorado Springs Police received a report about potentially missing elderly adults who were last known to be hiking near the Edmundson trailhead off East Woodmen Road in Colorado Springs.

Officers and family members responded to the area.

El Paso County Search and Rescue found the bodies of the couple with apparent gunshot wounds, adjacent to Fountain Creek, just off of the Santa Fe Trail.

According to Colorado Springs Police, Mr. Vigil's death was ruled a suicide, and Mrs. Vigil's death has been ruled a homicide.

Police said that through the course of their investigation, detectives obtained evidence that supported an agreement between Mr. and Mrs. Vigil to end their lives together.

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