Couple in Summit County murder-suicide had filed for divorce after 50 years of marriage |

Couple in Summit County murder-suicide had filed for divorce after 50 years of marriage

James "Jim" McNaul aims at a target in a picture taken at the Summit Shooting Range last summer. McNaul was the Summit Range Association secretary. Investigators say he shot his wife multiple times before shooting himself on February 10.
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SUMMIT COUNTY, CO. — The couple involved in a February 10 murder-suicide in the Wildnerest subdivision have been identified as James McNaul, 75, and Dorthe McNaul, 73. Investigators believe James McNaul first shot Dorthe McNaul before shooting himself.

At around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday the Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to a welfare check at 2022 Ryan Gulch Road. Once deputies arrived on scene, two individuals, one male and one female were found deceased.

James and Dorthe McNaul had recently filed for divorce after 52 years of marriage. These deaths unfolded as a domestic tragedy, according to a sheriff’s office statement. After further investigation, it was determined that James McNaul murdered his wife Dorthe with a handgun and then subsequently shot himself. Evidence at the scene indicated that Dorthe suffered multiple gunshot wounds. James McNaul died of a single gunshot wound.

This case is still under investigation. It is the first confirmed murder-suicide in the county, according to the Summit County Coroner’s Office. The office keeps records dating back to the 1800s.

James McNaul was a volunteer at the Summit Shooting Range, which is located near the landfill in Keystone. He acted as the secretary for the Summit Range Association, the nonprofit organization that maintains the range.

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