Man, Woman Found Shot to Death at Orange Home

Police say the deceased had some sort of connection to the homeowners

The bodies of a real estate couple who were shot to death were discovered Wednesday in the backyard of a friend's home in Orange in what police are investigating as a possible murder-suicide.

Officers were called at 12:30 p.m. regarding the discovery of a man and a woman in in a backyard on the 2600 block of East Denise Avenue, said Sgt. Phil McMullin of the Orange Police Department.

Police believe that 55-year-old Scott Lidgard may have shot his wife, Kelly, before turning the gun on himself.

The victims, neighbors said, seemed well-heeled. "They were in dress clothes," said Melinda Oschmann. "The man was in a dress shirt and slacks, and the woman was in a fancy dress."

Neighbors say the husband and wife who live in the home at the end of a cul-de-sac are in their 60s. They were both inside at the time of the shooting and one of them called 911.

Neighbors also said that they heard no arguing nor any gunshots; they suspect the shooting happened quickly.

Police say they do not believe there are any other suspects in the case. They said they found a firearm near the bodies.

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