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Mar 15, 2012 6:24 PM by Associated Press (CM)

Young girl, man dead in Gilroy murder-suicide

GILROY, Calif. (AP) - Police say an 11-year-old girl and a 27-year-old man are dead in an apparent murder-suicide in the Santa Clara County community of Gilroy.

Police Sgt. Chad Gallacinao says officers called to the home found the body of the girl and of Abel Gutierrez when they entered the home during a welfare check around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Investigators say Guiterrez shot the girl, then shot himself. The name of the girl, or her relationship to Gutierrez, has not been released.

Meanwhile, police say evidence found at the home indicates another resident of the home, identified as 52-year-old Martha Gutierrez, may have also been shot.

She was not inside the home when officers arrived. Police are seeking the public's help in finding her.

Police say Abel Gutierrez was an Iraq War veteran and that his family had suspected that he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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