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Colorado Springs couple found dead with gunshot wounds near hiking trail, police say

An elderly couple was found shot dead Saturday near the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, ending a brief search for Lee and Stella Vigil.

Oct. 5, 2020, 11:07 PM CST

An elderly couple reported missing Friday night in Colorado Springs, Colorado, were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds early Saturday morning, according to a police statement.

Lee Vigil, 70, and Stella Vigil, 74, residents of Colorado Springs, were first reported missing Friday night, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Several hours later on early Saturday morning, at roughly the same time that the Colorado Springs Police Department sent a tweet soliciting information on the missing couple from the public, investigators and family volunteers found their vehicle, and later, their bodies, adjacent to the Santa Fe Regional Trail near Fountain Creek, according to the CSPD police blotter.

Jim Sokolik, the officer assigned to the case, did not immediately respond to a request for additional details on the couple’s death and why no additional suspects are being sought.

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