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Report confirms couple died in murder-suicide

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire authorities have confirmed that a man and a woman found dead in their Nashua home last summer died in a murder-suicide.

Reginald and Mary Danboise were found dead on July 13. Mary Danboise, who was 64, died as a result of two stab wounds to her chest. Authorities say Reginald Danboise, who was 67, apparently killed her, then died as a result of suicide by hanging.

The attorney general's office said Thursday possible discord over finances and potentially Mary Danboise's desire for a divorce led to the deaths.

The office said Reginald Danboise had stopped by his daughters' homes the night before and left each of them a short note with a substantial check before driving away. The daughters found his behavior unusual and were unable to reach him by phone, so they went to check on him the next morning. When they couldn't find him right away, police were called.

Police said it appears Mary Danboise had been killed the day before. "It also appears that Reginald was likely alive and in the home when his daughters showed up," the report said. "Once he realized his daughters were there, he apparently went out a back door to the house, into his wood shop, where he hung himself."

Authorities also said the front of Mary Danboise's car was filled pillows and bedding materials with blood on them, bloody paper towels, computers and paperwork relating to the Danboise's estate. A gasoline container appeared out of place, leading investigators to think he was going to use the gasoline to set fire to the items in his wife's car.

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