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Death of Villas couple appears to be murder-suicide

A Cape May County man shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself, according to a preliminary investigation into the deaths of the pair found inside their home Monday.
Lower Township police went to the residence on Cardinal Avenue in the Villas section to do a wellness check Monday, when they found the two dead.
It’s believed Rick Ryan, 45, shot his 39-year-old wife, Kristin Ryan, and then killed himself, Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland said.
The investigation is ongoing by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and Lower Township police.
Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to call the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135, or the Lower Township Police Department at 609-886-1619. Information may also be reported anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-889-3597.

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