Thursday, February 23, 2012

Springville, CA: Springville couple in burning car ID'd

The elderly couple who were found dead in a burning car last Thursday north of Springville have been identified, the Tulare County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.

Benjamin Franklin Arnold, 81, and Ellen Babel Arnold, 80, both from Springville, were found dead about 4 p.m. after firefighters were sent to a fire near Yokohl Valley Drive and Balch Park Road.

Investigators said the couple were in the car when Benjamin Arnold shot Ellen Arnold in the head. He then shot himself in the head. His foot was on the accelerator at the time, causing the engine to race, resulting in an engine fire.

The couple reportedly had deteriorating health, investigators said.

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