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March 21, 2013

Bodies in San Antonio believed to have ties to New Ulm trucking company

NEW ULM — A welfare-check call to Texas by New Ulm police has led to the discovery of three bodies with suspected New Ulm connections.

On Thursday, the three dead — a 76-year-old man, a 45-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman — were discovered fatally shot in a San Antonio home.

Their identities have yet to be released. New UIm police made the call to San Antonio police on behalf of J&R Schugel trucking company in New Ulm.

Company Human Resources Director Leah Shaver said a two-person driving team there, which had contracted with Schugel for more than a decade, hadn’t been heard from for more than a week.

Shaver said their names are being withheld pending positive identification of the bodies.

“We’re devastated to believe that they or someone in their family has been affected by this tragedy,” she said.

Schugel is a nationwide firm deploying about 600 trucks.

San Antonio police suspect a double-murder suicide. The police report refers to the older man as a suspect and the other two as victims. Police said the bodies had been there for some time.

The older man was found dead in a chair and had been shot in the face, the younger man was found on a bedroom floor, and the woman was found in bed in another room with a gunshot wound to her head.

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