Earlier this week, Rene Ogden and twins Chase and Olivia were found dead in their Colorado Springs area home. In the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, police declined to rule out any possible causes for their deaths even as reports surfaced that Rene had recently seemed depressed. Now, however, the El Paso County coroner's report is in, and it establishes a murder-suicide scenario.
CSPD Sergeant Steve Noblitt's release reads, "The El Paso County Coroner's Office has completed the autopsies of the victims from the suspicious death investigation at 1941 Essex Lane. Rene Ogden died from a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death is ruled a suicide. Chase Ogden died from a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death is homicide. Olivia Ogden died from a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death is homicide."
Tommy Ogden, Rene's husband, discovered the bodies and cooperated with authorities from the beginning. As for how these deaths fit into the larger picture of crime in Colorado Springs, Noblitt notes that "Olivia and Chase's homicides are the 20th and 21st in the city this year. There were seventeen this time last year."
Page down to read a Rene-penned Reunion.com item published by Westword earlier this week, in which she rhapsodized about her life and family. Also see photos of Rene, Chase and Olivia, as well as the previous CSPD release, which provides more details of this horrific incident.
Rene's Reunion.com post:
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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.