Canadian woman, husband found dead in U.S.


ALBUQERQUE, N.M. – Police in New Mexico are investigating after a Canadian woman was found dead with her husband inside a pickup truck on the shoulder of an interstate highway.

The bodies of Ursula Tammy Kokotkiewicz, 32, and Jacob Kokotkiewicz, 31, were discovered Thursday morning in a blue Dodge truck.

In a news release, New Mexico State Police say officers spotted the truck while responding to another unrelated incident near Albuquerque.

They say the woman, who was found in the passenger seat, and her husband, who was in the driver’s seat, both sustained gunshot wounds to the head.

Police say a handgun was also found in the man’s lap.

New Mexico State Police spokesman Carl Christensen says police are not actively looking for any suspects, but he notes the investigation is ongoing.

He says Kokotkiewicz was from Canada but she was living with her husband in Flower Mound, Texas, which is about 45 kilometres northwest of Dallas.

Local media reports say Kokotkiewicz was a teacher working in Dallas and her husband served in the U.S. army.

On her Facebook page, Kokotkiewicz says she went to the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Tributes have been pouring in on Kokotkiewicz’s Instagram account, with some people calling her “Ms. K.”

“I cant believe Ms. K is gone still,” one person wrote. “Looking at her pictures makes it seem so unreal, especially because I had just talked to her before she left.”

Another person wrote: “My heart breaks … it will not be the same to look across the hall and not see you there in August.”