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Presumptive identification made on bodies discovered in Grand Canyon

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Date: February 6, 2009
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge, 928-638-7779

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.

Park rangers responded early yesterday morning to a 9-1-1 call and found the bodies, a male and female inside their mobile home.  Initial investigations indicate the two likely died as a result of a murder/suicide.  The bodies were transported late last night to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office, located in Flagstaff, Ariz.   Presumptive identification was made this morning based on circumstantial evidence, and from marks on scars on the bodies.   

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

-NPS-

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT AT THE GRAND CANYON

President Theodore Roosevelt said of Grand Canyon, "Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children's children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American should see."