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Daughter found mother dead in rural Polk County home

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The daughter of LaVonne Relander, 66, was the individual who discovered her mother dead in a rural Luck home Saturday.

According to Polk County Sheriff Tim Moore, the woman discovered her mother at around 10:35 a.m.

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The woman called the sheriff's department. When deputies searched the home they found Rayburn Boyd, 74, also dead.

An autopsy on Sunday by MidWest Medical Examiner's Office in Ramsey, Minn., revealed that Relander had been shot three times by a small caliber weapon.

Moore said his investigators found a .22 caliber rifle, which is believed to be the murder weapon.

What's not yet clear is how Boyd died, but Moore believes it was suicide.

"I'm still pretty convinced that it was a murder-suicide," said Moore.

It was previously reported that Boyd had gunshot wounds, but an autopsy revealed that wasn't the case.

Moore said Boyd sustained several lacerations, but authorities don't know if they had anything to do with how the man died.

"We have a couple of ideas on how he did himself in, but are waiting on the preliminary autopsy report," Moore said.

The sheriff added that at this time the exact time of death is not know, but it is believed the pair died sometime between the evening of Dec. 25 and Saturday morning.

Authorities have declined to reveal the daughter's name.

According to Moore, the unmarried couple lived together for 15 to 17 years and had an uneventful relationship. Their home is on East Round Lake Road in the town of Georgetown.

He said that his deputies were called to the residence in September after the couple had a verbal argument. Boyd had left the home on foot and had been gone some time. Relander called the sheriff's department because she was worried about him.

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