Troopers release details of May 28 shooting

An autopsy on Thursday provided evidence supporting the cause of the May 28 deaths of Earl Moore, 69, and Lynda Moore, 66, both of Soldotna, to be the result of a murder followed by a suicide.

Evidence gathered in the case indicates Earl Moore shot Lynda Moore twice with a semi-automatic handgun. One of the shots was lethal. He then lethally shot himself. The handgun was recovered next to his body.

According to trooper records the couple had recently divorced.

Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters said the assault appears to have initiated in the driveway of the residence in the Skyline neighborhood just outside Soldotna. The victims were found deceased near the property line of the residence and the roadway.

Witnesses in the area heard the gunshots. As of noon Monday, no one has notified troopers of visually witnessing the assault.

Troopers responded to the residence at 5:22 p.m. May 28.

The Soldotna-based Alaska Bureau of Investigation responded to the case and continues investigative testing.

 

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