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Murder-suicide is suspected

The shooting deaths of an Isom couple are being investigated as a murder-suicide, Kentucky State Police say.

Police say a family member found the bodies of Demsey Cole, 61, and Tonya Cole, 51, about 8:23 p.m. Monday inside a garage at the couple’s home off Kentucky Highway 15, near the Letcher-Knott county line.

According to a state police news release, Troopers Anthony Trotter and Jason Bates were called to the residence after the bodies were found. The troopers then contacted Letcher County Coroner Renee Campbell, who pronounced Mr. and Mrs. Cole dead.

Autopsies are being performed by the Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort.

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