Authorities have identified the Woodside couple found dead in their Woodside Drive home last Thursday (Aug. 27) as Don and Joyce Stoddard, both 83 years old.
Their deaths appeared to be the result of a murder-suicide by handgun, Lt. Ray Lunny of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said in an interview.
Both had gunshot wounds, county Coroner Robert Foucrault told The Almanac, adding that an official cause of death will not be released without a toxicology report, which usually takes weeks.
"There's indications that it was a planned event," Lt. Lunny said, noting that the couple had sent an explanatory letter to one family member, who then contacted the Sheriff's Office.
Both Mr. and Ms. Stoddard were suffering from illness, Lt. Lunny said. "It's a really sad tragedy."
Deputies have reached a preliminary conclusion that no one else was involved in the incident and that there is no danger to the community, Lt. Lunny said.