PUEBLO WEST, Colo. - The Colorado Department of Corrections has confirmed that one of its employees was among the two people found dead in her Pueblo West home on Monday.
Jennifer Hamula, 42, was an employee with the DOC since 1997 and was currently working at the state penitentiary in Canon City.
Her body was found late Monday afternoon in the 1000 block of Mescal Drive, alongside her daughter, Stephie Hamula, 10, and two dead dogs.
According to the Pueblo County coroner's report, the mother and daughter suffered gunshot wounds but pending autopsy results will determine the official cause and manner of the deaths.
Authorities did not explain how the dogs died.
A man who identified himself as Jennifer's uncle spoke with KRDO NewsChannel 13 off-camera Tuesday.
The uncle, who declined to provide his name, said the Hamulas moved from Cotopaxi in Fremont County to Pueblo West earlier this summer to get away from domestic trouble with her husband.
Jennifer was a Pueblo native, the uncle said.
Neighbors said they didn't know the family and hadn't met them.
"I didn't know a child was living there," said Carmen Lucero, the family's nearest neighbor. "That makes it worse."
Investigators said there is no threat to the public but have yet to identify a suspect or motive.
“This is a very tragic situation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the deceased. We will continue to follow the evidence to determine the sequence of events and the circumstances surrounding these tragic deaths,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor.
Stay with KRDO NewsChannel 13 for updates.