Update @ 11:39 a.m.: The woman shot dead by a 68-year-old man has been identified as Debra Vandyke, 49, of Menifee, Riverside County Coroner’s officials have reported.
The man has not been identified pending notification of next of kin.
Original Story: A man and woman were found dead in the front yard of a home in Menifee in an apparent murder-suicide, law enforcement officials said today.
Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies arrived just after 10 p.m., to a residence in the 33000 block of Merritt Road.
Deputies received word while en route to the home that shots had been fired at the location.
“Upon arrival deputies located a deceased female and a deceased male in the front yard of the residence,” Sgt. Jeff Buompensiero stated.
Investigators determined the male shot and killed the woman before turning the gun on himself.
Their identities are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Anyone with additional details regarding this ongoing investigation is urged to contact Investigator Espinoza at 760-393-3500.
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