Investigators: 2 deaths appear to be homicides
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) – No suspects have been identified in a double homicide in an upscale home south of the Denver area, investigators said Thursday.
The Douglas County coroner’s office identified the man and woman found early Wednesday as Amara Wells, 39, and Robert D. Rafferty Jr. The coroner’s office said the two died from sharp-force injuries, but didn’t elaborate.
The sheriff’s office didn’t release even the sex of the victims until the coroner’s preliminary results came out Thursday. Deputies went to the home east of Castle Rock, about 30 miles south of Denver, at about 3 a.m. Wednesday after getting a 911 call.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Hanavan said that Wells and Rafferty were related by marriage, but weren’t husband and wife.
Wells was Rafferty’s sister-in-law, The Denver Post reported. Her former husband, Christopher Wells, 38, of Monument was arrested Tuesday for violating a restraining order obtained by his ex-wife, the Post said.
Records show that Christopher Wells was in custody at the time of the homicides, according to Denver’s KMGH-TV. He was transferred from El Paso County to the Douglas County jail Wednesday.
Hanavan confirmed that Christopher Wells was arrested on a domestic violence charge out of Douglas County, but didn’t say if he was the victim’s husband. Although no suspects have been identified, investigators have “promising leads,” Hanavan said.
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