A Louisa County couple found dead of gunshots Tuesday in a suspected murder-suicide have been identified as Thomas Wayne Butler, 60, and his wife, Janet Elaine Butler, 56, authorities said Wednesday.

Although the deaths remain under investigation, sheriff's investigators believe Thomas Butler shot and killed his wife and then killed himself. Their bodies were found in a house in the 2900 block of James Madison Highway near Gordonsville.

A Louisa Sheriff's Office spokesman said it was unclear whether the couple still lived together or were estranged at the time of the shooting.

"A lot of this is still under investigation," Detective Chuck Love said.

Love said the state medical examiner's office will help determine whether the killings were the result of a murder-suicide. He said it has not been determined whether the slayings were domestic-related.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the home at 10:28 a.m. Tuesday after receiving a report of a murder-suicide. Upon arrival, officers were able to enter the home and found the victims dead inside.

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