Police Friday were investigating a bizarre mystery in which three young Britons, who had been in Arizona for more than a month, all committed suicide this week while wearing black military-type fatigues.
Police in Mesa, Arizona, said Ruth Fleming and Stefan Bateman had walked into a shooting range Wednesday, rented handguns and began firing at targets.Then, without warning, almost simultaneously, they shot themselves.
On Thursday, more than 1,000 miles away by road, a third Briton believed to be Jane Greenhow was found shot in the head in a rented car in Shasta County, Calif.
She, like Fleming and Bateman, was wearing what police described as "black, military-style fatigues." Fleming's face reportedly had been painted white.
All three lived together in Andover, Hampshire, England, and police in Mesa, near Phoenix, confirmed all three had been in the United States since January 6.
Lt. John Boyle, Shasta County's chief deputy coroner, said the woman found in Shasta County, who had parked on Conflict Point Road, had not yet been positively identified.