Decomposing couple dead in Post Falls murder-suicide identified


by Abbey Gibb and

Posted on October 28, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 29 at 5:24 PM

POST FALLS, Idaho -- Post Falls Police are investigating the discovery of two bodies found inside a rental home that they said had been decomposing for eight to 10 days in what appears to be a murder-suicide case.

Police have identified 54-year-old Jeffrey Hayes and 38-year-old Christina Mandriguez as the deceased.

Around 5:30 p.m. Thursday night, the landlord of the rental arrived at 509 E. 11th serve an eviction notice on the couple living in the home since they had not paid their October rent.

The landlord tried to open the door, but felt the weight of a body against it and could not open it.  The landlord did not see the body, but called police.

When police showed up and tried to enter the home, they could not because the smell was so bad.  Eventually, investigators in hazmat suits went into the house.

Police found two bodies.  A woman with a single gunshot wound to her head was found against the door holding a cell phone.  A man's body was found a few feet away in a hallway with a single gunshot wound to his head and a Glock handgun next to his side. 

There was no note in the home, but police said the home looked disturbed, as if an argument had taken place.

Police said the bodies were badly decomposed and appeared to have been in the house approximately 8-10 days.

Neighbors said that timeline appears correct since they had not seen the couple that lived in the home for about a week.  However, Post Falls Police said they have not positively identified the deceased as the renters of the home.

Police said they had visited the house twice before on domestic violence calls in 2008 and March of this year.  No arrests were made in either case.

The couple that rented the home had lived there for four years.