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Puyallup couple found dead in possible homicide-suicide

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on June 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
June 28, 2012 6:21 am

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives are investigating a possible homicide-suicide in unincorporated Puyallup.

Neighbors heard gunshots about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on a parcel in the 5000 block of 128th Street East where a couple lived in a travel trailer. A relative who happened to be driving by stopped when he noticed a body on the ground and called 911, said sheriff’s Det. Sgt. Jerry Bates.

A 54-year-old man and 46-year-old woman were found dead behind the trailer. They have not been identified. A handgun found near the bodies is being processed.

Authorities said the couple was not married and did not have a history of domestic violence. The man, however, has a record with the Department of Corrections and has an outstanding warrant for a probation violation.

“The working theory is a murder-suicide, but detectives are still talking to neighbors, family members and doing the investigation,” Bates said.

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