Douglas Co. coroner identifies double murder victims | News
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- The Douglas County Coroner's Office has confirmed the identifies of two victims in a double-murder investigation as 39-year-old Amara Wells and 49-year-old Robert D. Rafferty Jr.
Authorities say the bodies of the two victims were found inside a rural Douglas County home appear to be the victims of homicide, rather than a murder-suicide.
The Douglas County Sheriff has requested media outlets to not disclose the manner of death in this case.
The victims were discovered early Wednesday after someone called 911 asking authorities to check on the residents of the home on Marlin Way, in the Keene Ranch subdivision.
Neighbors and public records say the home is owned by 49-year-old Bob Rafferty, vice president of a medical supply company and president of the Keene Ranch homeowner’s association, who lives there with his wife, Tammy.
Neighbors tell FOX31 News that Tammy Rafferty was out of town on business Wednesday, and their daughter and son are both away at college.
Other neighbors, who didn't want to go on camera, say a sister-in-law had been living at the home recently after being harassed by an estranged or ex-husband.
Amara Wells' ex-husband, Christpher Wells, is being held on $1 million bail, public records show.
Authorities told the Denver Post he was in custody at the time of the murders.
Wells was arrested Tuesday by El Paso County authorities for violating a restraining order against his ex-wife.
Douglas County Sheriff's office spokesman Sgt. Ron Hanavan told the Post that no one related to this case is in custody, but investigators do have some promising leads. He also said no one has been ruled out as a suspect.