Glenwood man dead, wife wounded; police consider murder-suicide plan

Ryan Summerlin
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Joseph Llewellyn

A 79-year-old Glenwood Springs man is dead and his wife wounded in what police are investigating as a possible homicide-suicide pact. Joseph Llewellyn and Mary Kent are well-known residents.

Glenwood police and fire departments Tuesday afternoon discovered the couple when they responded to a medical call on South Hyland Drive.

The incident is being investigated as a possible attempted homicide-suicide, a Police Department statement said.

Llewellyn was dead when authorities arrived. Kent, his 73-year-old wife, was rushed to Valley View Hospital with one gunshot wound, according to police.

A forensic pathologist in Grand Junction performed an autopsy on Llewellyn and determined cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.

The manner of death in this case is still under investigation, according to the Garfield County Coroner’s Office.

No one has charged in the incident, said Police Chief Terry Wilson.

Kent was flown by medical helicopter from Valley View to a Denver hospital.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation was assisting with the investigation.

The statement did not say who did the shooting.

The Glenwood Springs Police Department “wishes to convey to neighbors of this event and our broader community that no concerns exist that there was any violence brought into the home by an unknown party,” according to a statement. “This situation is being initially viewed as a potential suicide pact or murder/suicide event. No danger to the broader community is evident.”

A final ruling by the Garfield County coroner is pending.

Llewellyn, the son and grandson of miners, grew up in the South Canyon Coal Camp. Last year, he helped lead a tour of the abandoned site arranged by the Frontier Historical Museum and Historic Preservation Commission. He and Kent had been involved in the annual Ghost Walk and had served as a Sunlight Mountain Resort ski patroller.

Kent was one of the first members of the Glenwood Springs Rotary Club and in 1994-95 served as the club’s first female president.