The two bodies found Friday by authorities in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO who were searching for a reported ‘suicidal person’, have been confirmed as those of a 24-year-old mother and her 17-month-old son, in what is being treated as a tragic murder-suicide. The Larimer County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as Tristen Watson, 24, of Colorado Springs and her son, Christopher.
Both were found Friday at Rocky Mountain National Park with gunshot wounds to the head. No other information is being released by the coroner’s office.
According to a short news release, park rangers were notified of the suicidal person who was likely in the park. The individual’s vehicle was found near Upper Beaver Meadows Road.
While searching for the vehicle’s occupants, rangers briefly prevented traffic from entering the park for about an hour. During the search, rangers discovered the bodies of the vehicle’s owner and another person.
Park rangers conducted an on-scene investigation, and the two bodies were taken to the Larimer County Coroner’s Office for examination.