A man and a woman were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide at an Elbert County home in the early morning hours of Aug. 16.
Elbert County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence at 3900 County Road 174, near Elizabeth, in response …
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Elbert County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence at 3900 County Road 174, near Elizabeth, in response to a domestic violence disturbance in progress.
When deputies arrived, they entered the house to check the welfare of the occupants. They discovered the bodies of Donna Hunt, 39, and her husband, Rick Hunt, 64.
The Elbert County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the deaths, and other than a brief news release assuring the public that there was not an active threat in the area, has declined to comment further.
Mike Graeff, Elbert County coroner, said that autopsies on both of the Hunts were performed in Colorado Springs in the days following the incident, and their remains were released to family members. He did not expect an official report confirming the cause or manner of death for at least two to three weeks.
Rick Hunt founded several businesses and was considered by many to be a pillar of the community. The Hunts were both outdoor enthusiasts and the owners of Full Rut Archery. The Hunts were also avid sponsors of 4-H, and were known to pay generously for livestock at 4-H auctions in support of the work and expense students put into raising their livestock.
A memorial service for Rick Hunt was held on Aug. 22 at the Original Hunt Ranch Creek Gazebo on County Road 17-21 near Elizabeth.
Donna Hunt’s family held a private memorial service.
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