UPDATE: Man killed wife before shooting self at Grand Canyon

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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. -- Authorities investigating two deaths within the Grand Canyon National Park say an 82-year-old man killed his wife before shooting himself.

Park rangers found the bodies of Laurent "Maverick" Gaudreau and his wife, 73-year-old Shirley Gaudreau, in the couple's mobile home at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon shortly after noon Thursday while responding to a 911 call.

Authorities are investigating

Park spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge said Tuesday that the husband made the emergency call, and when authorities arrived 15 minutes later, he and his wife were dead.

Oltrogge gave no motive for the shootings and says she can't discuss the 911 call, citing the ongoing investigation.

Laurent Gaudreau was known for his rim-to-rim hikes at the Grand Canyon. Oltrogge says his wife was a sweet, loving woman who worked for the nonprofit Grand Canyon Association.

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Grand Canyon, Ariz. -- The two bodies discovered in a residential trailer park within Grand Canyon National Park yesterday have been identified as Laurent "Maverick" Gaudreau, 82, and Shirley Gaudreau, 73, both from Grand Canyon, Ariz.


The following is a news release from the National Park Service and Grand Canyon Incident Information Center.

UPDATE:The following is a press release from the Grand Canyon National Park:

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park rangers responded to a 9-1-1 call early this morning and discovered the bodies of a male and female in a mobile home located in a residential trailer park within Grand Canyon. The incident is being investigated as a murder/suicide. There is no indication of any third party involvement.

The investigation is being conducted by the National Park Service with support from the Federal Bureau of Investigations Evidence Response Team.

The victim's identities are being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next-of-kin.

The Grand Canyon Incident Information Center was activated this morning at 7:00 a.m. The Center was available to provide information and answer questions from the public and Grand Canyon/Tusayan Community members. The Center closed at 4:00 p.m. today. A recorded message at 928-638-7688 continues to be available and will be updated once positive identification has been made and next of kin notified.