The Colorado Springs Police Department has confirmed that Rene Ogden and twins Olivia and Chase died in their home on Monday -- but not much else. Husband Tommy Ogden is reportedly cooperating with police, but nothing has been ruled out -- neither an intruder homicide nor murder-suicide. Meanwhile, one source suggests that Rene may have been depressed.
According to a piece in the Colorado Springs Gazette, Brad Ake got to know Rene through her Facebook page. (At this writing, the page lists only one friend -- and it's not Ake.) He says they often played online games such as Farmville and Vampire Wars. "She was sad most of the time," Ake told the Gazette, suggesting that she felt unappreciated by Tommy. He added that Chase was autistic.
This character sketch contrasts sharply with the Rene-penned Reunion.com item published by Westword yesterday, in which she rhapsodized about her life and family. Page down to read it, as well as to get details from a Colorado Springs PD release and see photos of Rene, Chase and Olivia:
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Rene's Reunion.com post:
Vidor High School ' 91
About My Personal Life: I have been living it up from Hawaii to Colorado with my wonderful husband and kids! We have been married since July of 1996. His name is Tom Ogden, who is now 36, and he has been in the Army for 19 years. We married in Hawaii in July of 1996, where we lived for two more years and then moved here to Colorado Springs in May of 1998. We may end up back in the Golden Triangle Area eventually. It looks like that is where my husband's job is considering transferring him to. Although right now he is serving one year in Iraq.Operation Iraqi Freedom. We have a beautiful set of twins... Chase Garrett and Olivia Brianna who were born in 1997. Feel free to contact me and let me know how you all are doing.... for the subject of your E-mail please put your name or old classmate so I'll know it isn't junk mail... LOL Best of luck to you all!
Colorado Springs Police Department release:
As was previously reported, at approximately 3:20 PM on 10-4-2010 the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) was dispatched to 1941 Essex Lane to investigate a report of a deceased adult female. When officers arrived on scene they checked the home and located the body of the adult female and they discovered the bodies of two deceased teenage children in the home as well. The Violent Crimes Section Homicide Unit responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. Based on the obvious trauma to the bodies the homicide unit began investigating this case as suspected homicides. The investigation into the cause and manner of these deaths is continuing in conjunction with the District Attorney's Office and the El Paso County Coroner's Office.
The reporting party, identified as Tommy Ogden, was interviewed by investigators. He said he returned home from work and after walking into the home quickly discovered the deceased body of his wife, 38 year old Rene Ogden, he then called police to report the discovery. When officers arrived on scene they entered the home and observed Rene's deceased body and went on to secure the home. They then discovered two additional victims which were their 13 year old twin children, Chase and Olivia. All people in the home have been accounted for. The investigation is still in its early stages and there is no further information that can be released at this time. No arrests have been made in connection with this investigation.
It is expected that the El Paso County Coroner's Office will conduct autopsies on the victims in the next day or so to determine cause and manner of death.