Two men and a woman whose bodies were found Friday afternoon in two locations were members of the same family, the La Plata County Sheriffs Office said Saturday.
Sheriffs deputies found William Klatt Decker, 69, hanging in a barn at a farm on Colorado Highway 140, about a half mile north of the Colorado-New Mexico border and approximately five miles south of Redmesa, the Sheriffs Office said in news releases Sunday.
Deputies were checking Deckers house after receiving a call from a separate agency about 1:40 p.m. Friday reporting suspicious activities, said La Plata County Sheriffs Office spokesman Dan Bender.
While completing a welfare check on the rest of the property, investigators found the body of 40-year-old Robert Decker (also known as Duke), in a shallow grave on the property a short time later. Robert Decker was William Deckers nephew, the release said Sunday
Robert Decker, also a resident of the farm, was found with his foot protruding from freshly dug dirt near a river bank, Bender said.
Based on information found at the farm, Sheriffs Office investigators asked the Durango Police Department to conduct a welfare check on Billie Decker, 67, at her home on Riverview Drive.
Billie Decker, who is the mother of Robert Decker and the sister of William Decker, was dead in her home when the officers arrived, Durango Police Lt. Ray Shupe said Friday.
Police are investigating her death as a homicide, Shupe said.
Because Billie Deckers death took place within city limits, the Durango Police Department and the Sheriffs Office are completing separate investigations but are working closely on the case, Bender said.
Official causes of death have not yet been released, and autopsies are scheduled to take place over the next two days, Bender said.sw
The La Plata County Sheriffs Office will not release new information in the case until Monday, when the coroners results are expected to come in, he said.
Authorities do not believe there are other victims in the case or that the person responsible for the deaths is at large, Bender said.
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