- Associated Press - Monday, November 7, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Authorities have identified an elderly couple who were found shot to death inside their southern New Mexico home in what appears to be a murder-suicide.

Dona Ana County Sheriff’s officials say the bodies of 77-year-old Everts Moulton and 78-year-old Suzanne New were discovered at their home near Mesilla on Monday.

The couple reportedly lived together for about 30 years, but never married.

Sheriff’s officials say New’s daughter was talking to her mother by phone Sunday and said Moulton talked of harming himself.

New’s daughter drove from California to Las Cruces to check on her mother and called 911 after finding the bodies.

Sheriff’s officials say it appears Moulton fatally shot New and their dog before shooting himself.

The couple’s bodies have been sent to the medical examiner’s office for autopsies.

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