Rene Ogden killed twins Chase and Olivia, then committed suicide, says El Paso County coroner
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's Facebook photo.
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.