Wednesday, July 9, 2014
"ALISO VIEJO, CA — A woman found dead in an apartment may have been the victim in a murder/suicide that stretched across two counties, officials said.
"The 49-year-old woman was found dead in her Aliso Viejo home Monday, one day after her boyfriend was found on the side of Highway 138 in San Bernardino County, officials said.
"Orange County officials identified the woman as Brigitte J. Shaw.
"On Wednesday, officials said they believe Shaw had been dead for several days before her body was discovered in her apartment in the 23400 block of Summerfield.
"Deputies from San Bernardino County were led to the apartment after her boyfriend, Philip Alexander Smyth, 50, was found dead Sunday on the side of the highway near Silverwood Lake. They found Shaw’s body after serving a search warrant at the home Monday evening.
"San Bernardino County investigators had been looking into the death of Smyth, who was found inside a car on the shoulder of the road Sunday morning. Officials determined Smyth died as a result of `several self-inflicted stab wounds,` said Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock."
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