Missing Colorado Couple Found Shot Dead After Going on Hike

by Josh Lanier
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An elderly missing Colorado couple who were reported missing after going on a hike was found shot dead Saturday, the Daily Mail reported.

The family of Lee and Stella Virgil, both in their 70s, reported them missing Friday, the Daily Mail said. The couple had gone on a hike around 8:30 a.m. Their family called police when they hadn’t returned in the afternoon.

Family members of the missing Colorado couple and El Paso County search and rescue officials found their car near the Edmunson trailhead, KKTV reported. Rescue officials found their bodies very early Saturday morning just off of the Fountain Creek trail. They had been shot, the station said.

However, police announced Sunday they had identified everyone involved and don’t expect to issue any charges in the case, the news station reported.

“CSPD is not looking for any suspects and have identified all persons involved in this incident,” police said in a news release.

Furthermore, police said they would know more about the deaths after an autopsy was finished, The Colorado Springs Gazette reported. Those are expected to be completed on Tuesday.

Colorado Springs police spokesman Lt. Jim Sokolik declined to elaborate on the investigators’ conclusions to the newspaper. However, there is “no danger to the community,” he said.

Several people were concerned about the Virgils after police announced they were missing.

“Missing couple: Lee and Stella Vigil, in their 70’s. Last believed to be on a hike from Woodmen Rd along the Santa Fe trail to USAFA. Lee is 5’1”, medium build, short gray/black hair, and a mustache. Stella is 4’9”, medium build and short gray hair. If seen, please call 444-7000,” the tweet said. It included a photo of the couple smiling.

Locals worry after death of the missing couple reported

KRDO spoke with local residents after reports of the shooting deaths.

“Up until today I usually feel pretty good. You have to be a little careful, sometimes there are some sketchy people,” Michael Hollenbeck who said he recognized the couple told the station. “It’s sad, it’s upsetting, I think I’ve seen them on the trail before.”

Other people said the deaths would change their hiking habits.

“I don’t want my wife to come here alone. She always has to come with me from now on, if we come back,’ Morty Zand told the station.

Anyone with information in the case should call Colorado Springs Police at (719) 444-7000.

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