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Mother of 1-year-old has been found dead in a Colorado national park, died in a murder-suicide: coroner

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A woman and her baby are found dead on Friday in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park have been identified and their deaths ruled as murder-suicide, according to officials.

Tristen Watson, 24, and her 17-month-old son, Christopher, Watson, died from gunshot-related injuries to his head, and the Larimer County Coroner’s Office said. The coroner’s office ruled her manner of death as suicide. Her son’s death was listed as homicide.

On Friday afternoon, park rangers were notified of a “suicidal subject is likely to be in the park,” according to a press release posted on that day by the National Park Service.

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Hallet, and Dream Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park.
(National Park Service)

“The individual’s vehicle has been located in the vicinity of Upper Beaver Meadows Road,” the release said. “During the search for the passengers of the vehicle, park rangers will be temporarily held in the traffic at the Beaver Meadows Entrance and Fall River Entrance on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park.”

The movement was said to be locked between 3:30 and 4:30 pm

The Rangers would have found their bodies later that day.

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“With the assistance of the Rocky Mountain National Park’s Law Enforcement rangers at in this fast-developing incident, were in Estes Park Police Department, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Loveland Police Department,” the release said.

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