- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Authorities have released the names of a Las Cruces couple found dead in their home last month in a murder-suicide.

Las Cruces police said Thursday that detectives believe 83-year-old Theodore Schmitz used a handgun to shoot his 82-year-old wife Viola before turning the weapon on himself.

The bodies were found April 28 after police were asked by a caregiver to conduct a welfare check on a couple.

Officers reported finding the bodies in the home’s master bedroom.

Police detectives say they learned the couple both had health issues that required extensive medical attention.

They believe the murder-suicide occurred a few days prior to April 28.

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