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2:02 PM Tue, Sept. 25th

Prescott Valley Police investigate apparent murder/suicide

UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.:

Prescott Valley police officers continue to investigate a possible murder-suicide Wednesday at the Terraces at Glassford Hill Apartments.

At 8:16 a.m., officers answered a call from an apartment staff member who found a letter from a tenant that indicated he and his wife were ending their lives, said Sgt. Brandon Bonney, spokesman for the Prescott Valley Police Department.

"The note indicated it was a planned event, that she knew it was going to happen, and it read like a suicide note," Bonney said. "In the note, the man made statements to the effect that by the time they got this letter, he will have already shot his wife, the cats, and himself, and it told them where they could find the bodies."

The initial investigation indicates that the man shot the woman, and the woman, man and cats all had what appeared to be gunshot wounds, Bonney said.

Officers have confirmed the identities of the man and woman, both thought to be in their 50s, but cannot release their identities until they notify their next of kin, who are proving difficult to locate, Bonney said.

"We want to remind the public we are investigating this as a murder-suicide," Bonney said. "There is no information to lead investigators to believe anyone else is involved, and we are not seeking any suspects at this time."

ORIGINAL REPORT, 2:49 p.m.:

Prescott Valley police officers are investigating a possible murder-suicide Wednesday at the Terraces at Glassford Hill Apartments.

At 8:16 a.m., officers answered a call about an apparent murder-suicide at the apartment in the 5700 block of Market Street. When officers entered the apartment, they found a dead man and woman with obvious trauma, as well as two dead cats, said Sgt. Brandon Bonney, spokesman for the Prescott Valley Police Department.

Officers have not released the identities of the victims, Bonney said.

"There is no information to lead investigators to believe anyone else is involved, and we are not seeking any suspects at this time," Bonney said, adding that detectives are executing a search warrant and processing the scene for evidence.