Former Bellevue mayor-wife found dead-suspected murder-suicide www.privateofficer.com
BELLEVUE ID Feb 9 2012 – The Hailey Police Department confirms that the former mayor of Bellevue and his ex-wife are dead in what appears to be a murder-suicide.
Police were called to a home at 320 Walnut Street in Bellevue around 9 a.m. Tuesday. Once inside the home, police found the body of 58-year-old Linda Vaughn of Bellevue. She was the apparent victim of a homicide.
Lying next to her body was her ex-husband, 55-year-old Jon Anderson of Bellevue. It appears the former mayor died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A caretaker found the bodies and called police. It appears the couple died in the early morning hours. There was a note left, but those details have not been released.
Linda was in the advanced stages of multiple sclerosis. Anderson’s friends said he has worked hard throughout the last year to become sober.
Police say although the couple was divorced, they lived at the home amicably.
“They are feeling a lot of mourning and loss,” Bellevue’s Mayor Chris Koch told KTVB’s Andrea Lutz. “They both volunteered for a lot of different organizations, The Hunger Coalition, the animal shelter.”
Koch also talked about how fast word spread in the Wood River Valley, “The words traveled fast up and down this valley, I think this valley is going to be shock for a quite awhile.”
After Koch was finished talking with Andrea, he headed over to city hall to lower the flags to half-staff.
The incident remains under investigation by the Bellevue Marshals Office and the Hailey Police Department. The Idaho State Police crime scene unit is assisting.