Woman’s Death Declared Homicide, Estranged Husband Found Dead

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    Lori Hughes, 51, was found dead inside her Carmel Mountain Ranch apartment on April 24, 2014.

    Four days after a woman’s body was discovered in Carmel Mountain Ranch, her husband has also been found dead of an apparent suicide, according to San Diego police.

    Police had initially investigated 51-year-old Lori Hughes’ death as suspicious and said there was no obvious sign of trauma to her body.

    However, the autopsy found her cause of death to be “homicide by strangulation,” according to officials.

    Police had been called to the 11700 block of Stoney Peak Drive last Thursday after Hughes had failed to show up for work as a special education aide at Mt. Carmel High School.

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    Hughes’ estranged husband, Daniel Hood, 49, was considered a person of interest in the case. The couple had been married 14 years but separated in January, officials said.

    On Monday, investigators went to interview Hood at his Rancho Peñasquitos home. They found him dead inside.

    Police said his death appears to be a suicide.

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