Couple Dies Of Apparent Murder-Suicide In Circle Pines

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 at 6:53 am

Police are investigating the deaths of two people who were found dead in a townhome in Circle Pines yesterday.

Centennial Lakes Police were first dispatched to the home around 9:00am to check on the welfare of a woman who did not show up at work.

When they arrived, they found the door locked, with no answer, so police left at that point. However, a couple hours later, officers returned and forced their way into the home and discovered the bodies of a 36-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman. The cops returned because the woman hadn’t shown up for work.

Police say the couple broke up this past summer and the woman moved out of the home. They believe she came back to get something, when this happened.

Authorities say they were at the residence twice last summer for domestic calls. They say during one call in June, the boyfriend requested a police escort, and then in August, officers were dispatched there to respond to an argument.

A member of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office told WCCO this was a very tragic end to a relationship, but also said “Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon law enforcement situation.”

In Circle Pines, investigators hope the crime scene reveals more on what led to the final moments for the estranged couple. Police aren’t saying how the two died but say murder-suicide is a possibility. The general public is not at any risk, according to authorities.

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