Jon Austria — The Daily Times  At left, San Juan County Sheriff Office Lt. Detective Cory Tanner walks, Monday, August, 4, 2014, to the scene where
Jon Austria — The Daily Times At left, San Juan County Sheriff Office Lt. Detective Cory Tanner walks, Monday, August, 4, 2014, to the scene where two people were found dead on County Road 3133 in Aztec.

AZTEC — The fatal shooting of a couple outside their Aztec home appears to be a murder-suicide, an official with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office said Monday evening as investigators continued the process of collecting and analyzing evidence from the scene.

Deputies were dispatched at 1:03 p.m. to a residence at 21 County Road 3133 after receiving reports of two individuals dead of suspected gunshot wounds. Lt. Detective Cory Tanner said the bodies were spotted outside the home by a county employee driving past the residence.

One of the two victims has been identified as Erika Brown, 24. He said the identity of the second victim, a man in his 50s, will be released after next of kin is notified. He said that Brown and the man were a couple, but a motive for the shooting has not been determined.

Jon Austria — The Daily Times  San Juan County Sherffs Office and New Mexico State Police gather, Monday, August, 4, 2014, as they investigate a
Jon Austria — The Daily Times San Juan County Sherffs Office and New Mexico State Police gather, Monday, August, 4, 2014, as they investigate a double homicide on County Road 3133 in Aztec.

An unidentified neighbor at the scene told The Daily Times that he heard what sounded like three or four gunshots Sunday afternoon. Tanner confirmed that other neighbors reported hearing gunshots during the same time frame.

"That is when we presume it went down," he said.

Tanner said that a gun was recovered from the scene and both bodies will be autopsied.

County Road 3133 was closed to traffic most of the evening.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and stgarrison@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT on Twitter.