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DEATHS PROBED AS A DOUBLE HOMICIDE

The shooting deaths of an elderly couple found in their home are being investigated as a double homicide, authorities said.

A neighbor discovered the bodies of Mary Y. Downard, 71, and Leo W. Downard, 69, about 8 p.m. Wednesday. Bonneville county Sheriff Richard Ackerman said investigators had no suspects."Right now, we're in the dark," Ackerman said. "We have very little to go on."

The couple had been dead for two or three days, the sheriff said. Autopsies were under way Friday.

Ackerman said the bodies were found in different rooms on different levels of the home, but he would say nothing more about the scene.

The homocide case in the second in less than a year in this normally quiet town of 5,000 about five miles east of Idaho Falls. Danny Disney was shot to death last June 23. His wife, Jeannie Disney, and Michael Book, 17, of Rigby, are charged with first-degree murder.

Kathleen Roberts, a neighbor of the Downards, said she suspected something was wrong when she had not seen the couple since Saturday night.

The Downards had always let her know if they were going out of town, she said, and newspapers had been accumulating in front of their house since Sunday.

Mrs. Roberts' husband, Bill, found the bodies after the Downards' son in Salt Lake City and daughter-in-law in Twin Falls said they did not know where the couple was.

Sgt. Paul Wilde said his office is not releasing any information about the manner of death or whether any weapon was recovered from the home.

"We're scared and very severely shocked," Mrs. Roberts said.

Ackerman said Downard had some health problems, but investigators do not suspect they had anything to do with the slayings.

"They were a very close husband and wife," the sheriff said.