The pair were found dead early in the morning by the woman's boyfriend

By Harriet Sokmensuer
June 08, 2020 04:58 PM
Kimberly-Hansen Police Department

Police in Idaho believe a mother fatally shot her 5-year-old son before turning the gun on herself in what's being investigated as a murder-suicide.

Early in the morning of May 24, the bodies of a woman and her 5-year-old son were found in their Kimberly home. The woman's boyfriend told police he had been camping but cut his trip short when he became worried for his girlfriend. When he went to her home, he found her and her son dead, according to KMVT, KLIX and the Idaho State Journal report.

Police say both the boy and his mother died of a single gunshot wound. Their deaths are being investigated as a murder-suicide.

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The woman and her son have not been identified but their family has been notified. Police Chief Jeff Perry said investigators have been “working every day straight” to close the case for the family but are awaiting pending toxicology reports and cell phone data.