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NEW: Police Confirm Murder/Suicide in Deaths of Mother, Children

By: KKTV 11 News Email
By: KKTV 11 News Email

New information has been released Friday about the grusome discovery of a mother and two children found dead in their Colorado Springs home earlier this month. Investigators now say it's a case of murder-suicide.

Investigators say 38-year-old Rene Ogden shot her 13-year-old twins, Chase and Olivia, in the head before turning the gun on herself.

The three bodies were found inside their home on the 1900 block of Essex Lane in Colorado Springs, just east of Constitution and Chelton on October 4.

Police say Tommy Ogden came home from work around 3:20 p.m. to find his wife dead from a gunshot wound to the head. When police arrived, they made the "gruesome" discovery of the two teenagers in separate areas of the home.

Autopsies showed Rene died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Autopsies of Olivia and Chase show they died from gunshot wounds to the head and the manner of death was homicide.

For weeks, investigators did not speculate on whether or not Rene was the one to pull the trigger in her children's murders. Police now say based on DNA and firearm analysis, the evidence indicates that Rene shot her two children and then shot herself.

The father, Tommy Ogden is a former Fort Carson soldier, and has served two deployments in Iraq.

Chase and Olivia were students at The Galileo School of Math and Science in District 11. Both were absent from school on the day they were discovered dead. Both children had forms of Autism.

Olivia and Chase’s homicides are the 20th and 21st in the city in 2010.


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