UPDATE: Becker County deaths ruled murder-suicide
BECKER COUNTY, M.N. (Valley News Live) - A husband, wife and their two dogs are dead after an apparent murder-suicide, officials say.
The Becker County Sheriff’s Office were called to a home along County Highway 6 east of Highway 59 just after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. When deputies arrived, they discovered the bodies of 45-year-old Steven Stearns and 49-year-old Stacy Stearns, as well as two deceased dogs.
“Obviously, it’s a tragic event and we feel for the family and friends of the deceased,” said Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander.
Officials say after initial autopsies, Stacy’s death has been ruled a homicide, while Steven’s has been ruled a suicide. It’s unclear what the manner of death for the couple is.
The sheriff’s office says it is keeping the Stearns’ family and friends in their prayers during such a difficult time.
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