Deputies were asked to stop by a home owned by Jim and Judy Meier on Saint Thomas Drive to perform a welfare check. When they arrived there just after 6 p.m. Monday, they looked through a window and saw the body of a Jim Meier, 59, on the couch in the living room.
Inside the home, deputies confirmed the man was dead and found another body, that of a Judy Winter Meier, 61, in the kitchen of the home.
Deputies said it appears Jim Meier shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself.
Judy Meier was a well known editor for the Borrego Sun newspaper and a beloved member of the desert community.
Neighbors said the couple had a rocky marriage and Judy had recently filed for divorce.
"I am in disbelief, said friend and neighbor Kathy Paredes. "She was an inspiration, a very lovely, lovely person."
Co-workers at Borrego Sun said Judy had worked for the newspaper for more than 35 years.
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