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Authorities identify couple found dead in Tooele County home Saturday

By Jen Riess, | Updated - Apr. 19, 2021 at 1:40 p.m. | Posted - Apr. 18, 2021 at 5:37 p.m.

STOCKTON, Tooele County — Authorities have identified a man and woman who died after an apparent murder-suicide Saturday evening.

Donald Day, 72, and Joyce Day, 68, died in the incident, according to the Tooele County Sheriff's Office.

Tooele County Dispatch said it received a call about 11:32 p.m. Saturday from Joyce Day saying her husband had been shot then disconnected the call. After unsuccessfully trying to call the woman back, police responded to 2481 Cedarline Loop, the residence associated with the woman's phone number.

Officials found two adults, later identified as husband and wife, dead in the home. Early indications suggest the woman shot her husband then took her own life, according to a statement from the Tooele County Sheriff's Office.

The investigation is ongoing, but officials say there is no threat to the public.

Contributing: Jacob Klopfenstein,

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Warning signs of suicide

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
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The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide.

Information from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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  • Do not leave the person alone
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