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Circumstances surrounding Republic deaths remain under investigation

Olson joined the Marine Corp in 2006 right after graduating from Republic High School Olson joined the Marine Corp in 2006 right after graduating from Republic High School
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    Two dead in Republic from apparent gunshot wounds

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    REPUBLIC, Wash. - According to Ferry County Coroner Mike Sadona, two people discovered dead by Republic Police Saturday morning died from apparent gunshot wounds. >>
    REPUBLIC, Wash. - According to Ferry County Coroner Mike Sadona, two people discovered dead by Republic Police Saturday morning died from apparent gunshot wounds. The bodies of Chad Olson and Jessica Armstrong were found by Republic Police in a home in the 10000 block of S. Adams. The two were married. Family members say it appears Olson may have shot his wife before shooting himself in what they are calling a tragedy. Olson's Uncle says 11 letters were found with the bodies.>>

REPUBLIC, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol says the two people discovered dead by Republic Police Saturday morning each died from a single gunshot wound.

Chad Olson and Jessica Armstrong, both 21, were found in a home in the 1000 block of S. Adams. The two were married.

Family members say it appears Olson may have shot his wife before shooting himself in what they are calling a tragedy.

Trooper Troy Briggs says the investigation is continuing and there's no determination yet whether it was a murder-suicide.

When reached on the phone Monday, Olson's aunt said the young man had been seeking treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and this heinous act was completely out of character.

According to information provided to KHQ by Olson's aunt, Olson graduated from Republic High School in 2006 and joined the Marine Corps. The information states that he served in Iraq.

The following is a statement KHQ received from a family member:

"We are heartbroken by the tragedy that has happened in our family. There are no words to describe the unbearable sadness of losing our beloved Chad and Jessica. Two young lives were lost in this horrific tragedy."

"Chad was a loving, charismatic young man. However, after serving time in the Marine Corps, Chad was a changed man and suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The toll the Iraq war took on Chad was more than he could bear."

We grieve the loss for all those who are involved in this terrible tragedy and are devastated for Jessica's family. The parents of Chad would like to express their extreme sorrow to the family of Jessica and would like to say how terribly sorry they are for the devastating loss of their loved one.   

"Many soldiers are suffering today as Chad did. We can only hope that this tragedy will bring awareness to the desperate need our soldiers may have upon returning from war, and in doing so, may prevent another tragedy like this from happening." 

More information is expected to be released from the WSP as the investigation progresses.

KHQ is working to gather more information and will bring you the latest on KHQ.com.

(With information from Associated Press)

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