October 4, 2010
TUESDAY UPDATE: Police have released the names of a woman and two children found dead Monday afternoon in the family's home in the 1900 block of Essex Lane.
Renne Ogden, 38, was discovered dead by her husband Tommy Ogden just before 3:20 p.m., Tommy Ogden told police. When police arrived, they found the bodies of 13-year-old twins Chase and Olivia Ogden.
Tommy Ogden is being put up in a hotel while police investigate the possible triple homicide.
The officer, who declined to be named, also said there was no apparent sign of a break-in at the residence.
An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, according to the El Paso County Coroner's Office.
At the Colorado Springs District 11 school at least one of the children attended, Galileo School of Math and Science on Union Boulevard, Principal Robin Colbert held a meeting before school started to inform teachers about the deaths.
There was also a short assembly in which students were told counselors were on hand if they needed them. They did not tell the students the names of the kids involved.
"There has been an unfortunate incident and you may have heard things in the media. If you would like to talk to a counselor, they are available," Elaine Naleski, Colorado Springs School District 11 spokeswoman, said students were told.
By JAKOB RODGERS and CARLYN MITCHELL
The bodies of a woman and her two children found inside a central Colorado Springs home Monday afternoon showed signs of “obvious trauma,” say Colorado Springs police, leading them to investigate the deaths as homicides.
The bodies were found by the woman’s husband and children’s father in different rooms of the family’s rental home in the 1900 block of Essex Lane, police said. The home is about a mile east of Wasson High School, near Constitution Avenue and Academy Boulevard.
Investigators from the violent crime homicide unit are handling the case.
“Based on the obvious trauma to the bodies, the homicide unit is investigating this case as suspected homicides,” police said in a news release.
Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Noblitt said the husband is being questioned in connection with the three deaths.
The house is nestled in a neighborhood mixed with residents who have lived there for 30 years and renters. Many neighbors said they did not know the family.
Neighbors and the City Directory identified the residents of the rental house as Tommy and Rene Ogden and their children, daughter Olivia and son Chase.
Next-door neighbor Albert Garrett said the family was very private. He said the woman and children rarely were seen outside.
“They lived here two years,” Garrett said. “We never saw them. I’m speechless.”
He said a special-needs school bus picked up one of the children every morning.
“We hardly know them,” he said. “I didn’t even know their names.”