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QUESTION: What was the outcome of the investigation of the deaths of three people in early 2007? I believe they were found murdered in a house in Folsom. The people involved were a married couple and another woman. The married couple were soon to retire from Folsom Prison -- I think they were guards -- and going to move to Tennessee.
Submitted by: Lucy, Nashville, Tenn.
ANSWER: Folsom police determined that the deaths of three people at a home on Wembley Court in January 2007 was a double homicide and suicide.
The bodies of Lawrence Howard Moll, 57, his longtime girlfriend Bonnie June Lathum, 56, and Lathum's daughter, Teresa Faye Contreras, 31, were found Jan. 17 by a police officer making a welfare check after Moll and Lathum failed to show up for work at Folsom State Prison.
Moll was a correctional officer, and Lathum worked as a medical technical assistant at the prison.
According to stories in The Bee, investigators determined that for some reason Moll shot Lathum and her daughter before turning the gun on himself. A motive for the slayings was never discovered, and Moll left no suicide note.
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