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3-year-old and 7-year-old killed in apparent murder-suicide in Routt County

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Posted at 4:35 PM, Jan 13, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-14 12:10:58-05

ROUTT COUNTY, Colo. — The Routt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide that left three people, including two children ages 3 and 7, dead Saturday.

The bodies were discovered after sheriff deputies responded to a home in the 21000 block of 4th Avenue in Phippsburg to check on the welfare of the residents.

The body of an adult male was identified as 45-year-old James “Jake” Hill. The names of the two children have not been released.

Investigators did not disclose the cause of their deaths but said they are investigating the incident as a murder-suicide.

The sheriff’s office said there is no danger to the Phippsburg community. They are asking anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact them.


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