Missing couple found dead from an apparent murder-suicide in Colorado Springs

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COLORADO SPRINGS — On Monday, the El Paso County Coroner’s Office completed the autopsies of the deceased couple found on October 3 near the Edmundson trailhead. 

The woman has been identified as 72-year-old Stella Vigil of New Mexico. Mrs. Vigil’s death has been ruled a homicide. The man was identified as 73-year-old Leroy ‘Lee’ Vigil of New Mexico. Mr. Vigil’s death was ruled a suicide. 

According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, through the course of the investigation, detectives obtained evidence that supported an agreement between Mr. and Mrs. Vigil to end their lives together.

Mrs. Vigil’s death is the 29th homicide investigation in the city of Colorado Springs in 2020. The CSPD investigated 17 homicides at this time last year.

El Paso County Search and Rescue assisted officers in conducting a search for the individuals and they were found deceased from apparent gunshot wounds at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Saturday in an area adjacent to Fountain Creek just off of the Santa Fe Trail.

On Sunday, police said they are not looking for any suspects and have identified all persons involved in this incident. There is no danger to the community and detectives do not anticipate any arrests as a result of this investigation.

The Colorado Springs Police and Fire Communication Center tweeted late Friday night about a missing couple.

CSPDComCenter said Lee and Stella Vigil are in their 70’s and last believed to be on a hike from Woodmen Rd along the Santa Fe trail to USAFA.

Lee is 5’1”, medium build, short gray/black hair and a mustache. Stella is 4’9”, medium build and short gray hair.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Homicide/Assault Unit responded to assume control of the investigation.

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