UPDATE: Hillside Drive murder-suicide identities released

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Update - July 17, 12:20 p.m.
On July 17, APD spokesperson, MJ Thim, was able to confirm the suspect and victim roles in the July 3 Hillside Drive murder-suicide case.

"The husband shot the wife, and then shot himself," said Thim.

Previously, the husband was identified as Larry Vehrs, 75. And the wife was identified as Nadya Vehrs, 76.

This is a developing story. We will update the article once more information becomes available.

Update - July 6, 4:45 p.m.
At 4:40 p.m., Thursday, APD identifies the male and female involved in the Hillside Drive murder-suicide as Larry Vehrs, 75, and Nadya Vehrs, 76.

According to Anchorage police, they were a married couple.

Update - July 5, 3 p.m.
At 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, Anchorage police announced they are now investigating the two deaths on Hillside Drive as a murder-suicide.

According to an APD Nixle alert, the cause of death was by gunshots.

Police are not releasing the identities of the deceased male and female at this time. Currently, APD is trying to notify next of kin.

Original Story - July 3, 7:34 p.m.
Anchorage police discovered two bodies while conducting a welfare check at 11300 Hillside Drive Monday.

According to APD, at 3:30 p.m., officers went to check on two people who lived at the residence. It was the second check in two days.

The first call happened Sunday. At the time, officers found no one at the home and nothing suspicious.

They returned to the home Monday afternoon. APD said in a text alert that when they expanded the security check to the rest of the property, they found the bodies of an adult man and woman in the wooded area behind the garage.

The identification of the bodies and the cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.

A neighbor living adjacent to the property, Ken Lincoln, said an older man and woman had been living in the property for decades. Lincoln described them as friendly and quiet but private people. There is no confirmation the couple living at the property was at the center of the death investigation.

Police said at this time there is no public safety threat to the community and they are in the preliminary part of their investigation.

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