Police probe possible link between Arizona deaths

January 10, 2012 - 4:35 AM
Two Shot In Car

This July 2006 photo released by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests shows Jim Johnson climbing on New Hampshire's Mount Monadnock. Johnson, of Jaffrey, N.H., and Carol Raynsford of Nelson, N.H., were found shot dead in their sedan at a remote highway in Arizona Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. Their deaths have baffled authorities and have led to speculation that the fatal shooting could have been committed by Drew Ryan Maras, who was killed in a shootout Sunday with police in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities are expected to release more information Tuesday about a possible link between the fatal shooting of a sheriff's deputy near Phoenix and a New Hampshire couple found dead in their car in northern Arizona.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputy William Coleman was gunned down Sunday at a north Phoenix medical building while answering a burglary call. A man got out of a van and opened fire.

On Friday, James Johnson of Jaffrey, N.H., and Carol Raynsford of Nelson, N.H., were found dead in a sedan at a remote highway turnout near Sedona.

The New Hampshire friends' deaths have baffled authorities and led to speculation that the killings could've been committed by Drew Ryan Maras, who died in Sunday's shootout with officers in Phoenix.

Similar guns are believed to have been used in both cases, and the crimes are connected by Interstate 17.