Authorities Release Details on Ramsay Murder-Suicide

70-year-old man shot his wife in the chest, then himself in the temple

By Molly Priddy

BUTTE — Butte-Silver Bow County law enforcement officials are releasing more information about the murder-suicide that claimed the lives of a Ramsay-area couple last week.

Sheriff Ed Lester said Wednesday that 70-year-old Larry Farrell shot his 48-year-old wife, Michelle “Rae” Farrell, in the chest three times. Her body was found on the living room floor of their residence about 12 miles west of Butte.

Two Great Dane dogs were shot, but authorities don’t know who shot them. Farrell shot himself in the temple. Lester says the gun was found near his body.

Lester says no suicide note was found and investigators don’t know what led to the shootings.

Five other pets found in the residence were taken to the animal shelter.

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