- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - Police are investigating the shooting deaths of a Columbus couple whose bodies were discovered by a relative.

Capt. Todd Thalken (TAHL’-kehn) said Monday that relatives hadn’t heard from the couple, so a family member went to check on them around 4 p.m. Saturday and found the bodies in the couple’s northwest Columbus home.

Thalken says investigators are trying to determine whether the shootings were a murder-suicide or the result of a suicide pact. So far it appears that the 61-year-old man used a handgun to shoot his 60-year-old wife and then himself. Their names have not being released.

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