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Des Moines police investigate apparent murder-suicide at home after concerned friend stops by


DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police say they're investigating an apparent murder-suicide of a man and a woman.

Police say they were called Monday morning to a home in northeast Des Moines after a woman stopped by to check on a friend, who hadn't shown up for work.

The woman found a back door ajar and because she felt uncomfortable, called police.

Officers went inside and found 48-year-old Melissa Jo Downing and 49-year-old Matthew John Hansen dead. Police say it was an apparent murder-suicide, and they identified Downing as the victim and Hansen as the suspect.

Police say it appears both died of gunshot wounds.

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