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Detectives believe the gunshot deaths of a Sandy couple last week were a case of murder-suicide.

Sandy police Sgt. Jon Arnold said evidence indicates that Beckie Boudreaux, 66, shot and killed her husband, Stephen Boudreaux, 69, and then turned a handgun on herself.

"Our preliminary investigation does indicate homicide-suicide," Arnold said Tuesday. "There is no indication that Stephen was aware of Beckie's plans or the financial struggles that appeared to be the motive behind Beckie's choices."

Arnold also said Boudreaux family members had found "documentation that indicated she had been researching this for several months."

The shootings occurred late Sept. 22, and the couple's bodies were found just before 1 p.m. Friday in the Boudreaux's garage by a neighbor near 1900 Quail Crossing Lane. The neighbor had gone to investigate after noticing the Boudreaux's garage door had remained open overnight.

The couple were found dead in one of the two cars parked inside the garage.

Arnold said that early last week Beckie Boudreaux had called her lawyer asking what would happen to debt in the case of suicide.

The couple's son, Doug Boudreaux, issued a statement reading: "As you can imagine, this incredibly unfortunate event has greatly impacted our family, including 16 grandchildren, as well as many loved ones and friends. At this point in time, we are asking everyone who knew Doug and Beckie to remember and celebrate the people they were and the life they lived. We appreciate the tremendous outpouring of support from friends and neighbors. It is making all the difference in the world."