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Married couple identified as victims in Walsenburg death probe

Published On: Jan 17 2014 08:57:19 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 18 2014 06:39:01 PM CST

Police say a woman killed at her home on Thursday was the wife of the surviving victim.


Walsenburg police on Saturday identified the woman found dead in her home as Pam Candelario, 48.  Investigators said her husband, Ralph Candelario, 50, was found hurt outside the home.  Police said he was treated at an area hospital and released. 

Authorities also finished gathering evidence at the couple's home late Friday night. 

Walsenburg police now await autopsy results to determine the manner and cause of Pam Candelario's death.  The coroner's offices in Huerfano and El Paso County are conducting the autopsy.

Police have provided few details about what led to the incident and who else might be involved.

"We're still in the early stages of this," Police Chief Tommie McLallen said.   "This is kind of like a layer and we're really being methodical about pulling it apart, little bits at a time, making sure that we expose things and that we're doing it in a correct manner." 

Police arrived at the couple's home just after 7 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of West Third and Hendren Streets.  Officers responded to what was first reported as a shooting.  On Friday, however, McLallen said authorities hadn't confirmed there was a shooting.

Samantha K. Hill, who lives across the street from the victims, said the husband was a tow truck driver who's always helpful and friendly.  She said in the past few years the couple married and opened an antique store near their home.  The store also was searched for evidence by authorities.

"A really fabulous shop -- something you'd expect in a big city, not for our small town," she said.

Hill said she and other neighbors are scared by such violence in their small town.

"We're all confused, we're all very scared until they catch who did this," she said.  "The person could still actually be around here and could be hiding somewhere.  For (the husband) to be out on his sidewalk and crying for help the way he did, he was trying to leave his residence because somebody was inside."

Police and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation spent a second day Friday gathering evidence at the couple's home and store.

McLallen wouldn't say whether a dangerous suspect is at large.  However, he advised neighbors to remain alert and keep their doors locked.

Contact Walsenburg police at 719-738-1056 if you have any information about the incident.


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