Gun shot cause of at least one death on Oak Ridge Road |

Gun shot cause of at least one death on Oak Ridge Road

The bodies of a man and woman were found in a home on the 14000 block of Oak Ridge Road Monday morning, one with a gunshot wound to his head.

Pending notification of family, Sheriff’s investigators would not confirm the names of the couple, found on their living room floor by a neighbor.

The man had been shot once in the head, said Nevada County Sheriff’s Sergeant Joe Salivar, and the cause of the woman’s death will be determined in an autopsy.

The man was in his 60’s, said neighbor David Ebrahimi, and the woman is thought to be in her 50s. Both were retired and had been living there for at least 12 years, he said.

Salivar said investigators do not know the nature of the couple’s relationship or the circumstances surrounding their death, only that both bodies had blood on them and were not easily identified by comparing them with driver’s licenses found at the scene.

Six sheriff’s detectives arrived at the gray two-story house at approximately 8:40 a.m., and had to hacksaw through a strong, decorative metal gate to gain access to the snow-laden property.

Ebrahimi said investigators were processing the scene for about six hours.

He said he knew the couple, and had seen and talked to the man two weeks ago when he was out walking with his wife.

“It was usually pretty quiet up there,” Ebrahimi said. “That’s not unusual for them. They kept to themselves.”

Sgt. Salivar said they had been dead for more than one day before they were found, but the autopsy will determine a more specific time of death.

The neighbor who found them told investigators he was asked by one of the couple’s family members to check on them.

The couple’s voice mail for their home number is full.

Sgt. Salivar said one of the deceased had a child, and investigators were still trying to track down one of their parents Monday evening.

A person who rents out a guest house on the property, Salivar said, was not home at the time investigators processed the crime scene.

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