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Coroner’s office releases the names of 2 people found dead in Helena home

Posted at 3:44 PM, Jul 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-17 17:44:50-04

The Lewis & Clark County Coroner’s Office has identified Richard Ferris and Olivia Serrano as the two people who were found dead inside a Helena home on Monday.

Ferris was 26 years old, and Serrano was 21 years old.

The Helena Police Department said on Monday that both appeared to have died from gunshot wounds.

Both bodies were taken to the state crime lab for autopsies. 

The HPD says that evidence at the scene indicates that Ferris shot and killed Serrano, and then shot and killed himself.  The two were known to be acquaintances.  The weapon believed to have been used in the incident has been recovered from the scene. 

The incident happened on the 1100 block of North Hannaford Street; the road was closed for several hours between Livingston Avenue and Townsend Avenue as police conducted their investigation on Monday.

Several neighbors in the area were surprised by the news and said the residents of the home were generally quiet and kept to themselves.


(1st Report, July 16) Police officers are investigating after two bodies were found inside a Helena home on Monday.

Police have taped off an area on the 1100 block of N. Hannaford Street.

Police were called to the area at around 10 a.m. on Monday; inside the home, officers found the bodies of a man and a woman.

The identity of the two people has not been released, nor any details about how they may have died.

The Helena Police Department posted on its Facebook page: "We’re advising that as of right now, there is no danger to the public and the police department is not currently searching for suspects in the incident."

Several law enforcement vehicles could be seen in the area throughout the morning.

Investigators have blocked off Hannaford Street between Livingston Avenue and Townsend Avenue, and say the area will likely be closed for most of the day.

We have a reporter at the scene and will update you as we get more information.

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