A former city hall administrator and his wife shot themselves in a shocking double suicide at a secluded cemetery.
Matthew Van Waus, 38, and his wife Leah, 31, are believed to have driven to the scene, parked their cars and each pulled the trigger, dying together.
The discovery of their bodies has stunned residents of the small town of Victor, in Iowa, which has a population of less than 1,000.
Mr Van Waus was a former assistant administrator at Eldridge City Hall, where he oversaw business projects to create jobs in the city.
Relatives of the couple found their unoccupied vehicles parked in a Victor cemetery and, after a search of the area, police discovered the bodies.
Police are still investigating the incident.
The couple had been married for seven and a half years.