Elderly Couple Found Dead with Gunshot Wounds on Colorado Hiking Trail

A couple in their seventies, who had been reported missing, were later found dead off a trail in Colorado Springs on Saturday morning. The pair reportedly had gunshot wounds.

Lee and Stella Vigil were discovered near the Edmundson trailhead, on Woodmen Rd. The septuagenarians were reported missing to the police around 8:30 p.m. on Friday when they didn't come home from a hike, according to KKTV.

Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) investigated the disappearance and found the couple's car near the trailhead. After a thorough search, with help from El Paso County Search and Rescue, the couple was found around midnight, reported the Denver Post.

No further information has been provided about the circumstances of the pair's death, but violent crime and homicide detectives are involved in the case.

Newsweek has contacted CSPD for further information on the investigation. Those with any information about the incident are urged to call CSPD.

Frequent hikers in the area told KRDO that they were saddened and worried by the shocking incident involving the older couple.

"I don't want my wife to come here alone. She always has to come with me from now on, if we come back," said hiker Morty Zand.

"It's sad, it's upsetting," said Michael Hollenbeck, who claimed he's seen unsavoury types on the trails in the area before.

The Edmondson trailhead is roughly eight miles north of downtown Colorado Springs and links to the Colorado Front Range Trail, a five-mile round trip trail with lots of natural beauty spots including a lake and popular fishing spot. The trail follows Monument Creek and passes a nearby Air Force facility.

In August, another body was reportedly found on a different Colorado Springs trail, at the Pikes Peak Greenway, less than 10 miles from where the couple was discovered. An investigation took place, but the police found their was no reason to suspect criminal conduct in this case.

Advice to trail hikers in the U.S. is to always tell someone where you are going before you set off on a trail, especially in remote areas. Colorado Springs also has a black bear population. While it's unlikely walkers will spot the creatures, it is advisable to be bear smart, take trash with you and do not leave food items on a trail and carry a bell—so a bear will know if you are approaching and will not be startled.

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Illustrative example of forest surrounding U.S trails. A couple was recently found dead on a Colorado Springs trail. Noah Berger/AFP via Getty Images