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Elderly Holladay couple dead in apparent murder-suicide

Published November 15, 2013 6:24 am

Health problems • Couple had been ill, out of contact with family for weeks, officers say.
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Investigators believe a Holladay couple whose bodies were found in their home late Wednesday night were victims of a murder-suicide.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said Thursday that detectives and forensics personnel worked through the night inside a home in the east 2600 block of Valley View Ave. (about 4800 South), investigating the deaths of 78-year-old Mildred T. Clayton-Kunz and her husband, Larry P. Kunz, 79.

Hoyal said UPD officers were dispatched to the home after a 911 call from relatives about 8:30 p.m. seeking a welfare check on the couple.

"Family members of the deceased had gone over to check on Larry and Mildred Kunz as they had not heard from them for some time," Hoyal said. "The last anyone talked to them was around the end of October or first of November."

Getting no response upon arrival, officers forced entry into the home and located the bodies of the couple, dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

Hoyal declined to specify the location of the wounds, though he did say a firearm was found near Larry Kunz.

The exact time and cause of the deaths will be determined by the State Medical Examiner's Office.

"The case is early in the investigation and a motive is not clear at this time," Hoyal said.

However, "investigators have learned that both were suffering from health problems," he said, adding that investigators did not immediately find evidence of a suicide pact.


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