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Woman, 59, found dead on Barranca Mesa

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A 59-year-old Los Alamos woman was found dead at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at her residence on Bonito Place.

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The brief statement from the Los Alamos Police Department said that the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator is treating the incident as an apparent suicide.

“Investigators are going to be on the scene for a while,” acting police chief Phil Taylor said. “People should use caution while traveling through the area.”

The Los Alamos School District sent out the following email to parents: “Chief Phil Taylor has noted that student travel will not be impacted by this incident.”

Police and the Los Alamos Fire Department initally responded to the call in the early afternoon. The call said that shots were fired.

Neighbors, meanwhile, were stunned by the news.

“They were a nice couple,” said a neighbor, who did not want to be identified. “We used to help them put luminaria out for Christmas.”

“They were very nice,” another neighbor said. “They helped us plow out our driveway in the winter.”