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The death of an elderly married couple whose bodies were found in Palm Desert was ruled a murder-suicide, authorities announced Wednesday.

Deputies responded to the La Quinta Senior Living facility on Thursday to a report of an elderly couple missing, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities said Michael and Lisa Herbst, both 87, hadn’t returned to the facility the night of July 13, prompting an investigation to find them.

Sgt. Steve Brosche said deputies found the couple suffering from gunshot wounds at a dead end in Palm Desert on Coyote Song Way, seven miles from the senior facility.

Central Homicide Unit investigators determined that a murder-suicide occurred.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the case was asked to call Investigator Gonzalez with the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777.

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