By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 5, 2014

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say the deaths of a couple whose bodies were found outside their Aztec home appear to be part of a murder-suicide.

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office says 24-year-old Erika Brown and 51-year-old Nyles Nelson were found Monday afternoon with gunshot wounds.

They say it appears Nelson fatally shot Brown before turning the gun on himself.

Both bodies were found on the driveway of the couple’s home.

Lt. Det. Cory Tanner says a county employee who happened to be driving by the home spotted the bodies.

Tanner says residents reported hearing gunshots around that time and a gun was recovered from the scene.

Investigators are trying to determine a motive.

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