Goodyear woman died in murder-suicide, according to autopsy

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Police say a Goodyear woman believed to be abducted was shot to death by her ex-boyfriend.

The body of Tara Shermerhorn, 31, and her ex-boyfriend, Tom Watson, 47, were found Friday morning near Crown King.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office released preliminary autopsy results Tuesday that indicate Watson shot Shermerhorn before turning the gun on himself.

Detectives say they believe Watson abducted Shermerhorn after becoming distraught following a recent breakup.

Watson reportedly left a note that indicated he was despondent and left instructions on disposing of his property.