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Medical examiner: St. Paul Park couple died of suicide

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A husband and wife whose bodies were found in their St. Paul Park home last month died of suicide, according to the medical examiner report.

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James and Sandra Elmquist, both 61, were found dead in their Hastings Avenue home May 21. They died of suicide by mixed drug toxicity, St. Paul Park Police Chief Mike Monahan, citing the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's report. The medical examiner's report was issued Tuesday.

The man and woman apparently used prescription drugs to commit suicide, Monahan said. The Elmquists had extensive medical problems, he said.

Police were called to the house May 21 for a possible suicide, but did not release many details at the time because of the death investigation.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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