SMITHBURG, W.Va. — Two people died in an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday that began in Doddridge County and ended in Ritchie County, authorities said.

A woman was found shot and killed at around 5:30 p.m. at a residence near Smithburg. Authorities said she suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

A suspect in the murder was pursued by police into Ritchie County where there was an apparent suicide.

An investigation is underway. The names of those involved were not immediately released.

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