The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office in Montana is investigating what it believes is a murder-suicide, after a woman allegedly fatally shot her husband at a VRBO rental home in Montana last week. Deputies said the woman fled the scene in a pickup truck and headed toward a nearby reservoir, where she reportedly turned the gun on herself.
The shooting happened around 6:45 p.m. on October 18. Deputies responded to reports of gunshots around 10 miles south of Gallatin Gateway in Gallatin Canyon, KRTV reported. Deputies identified the couple as 50-year-old Kimberli Jones, and 53-year-old Jason Jones, who were residents of the area at the time.
Kimberli was later found dead miles away from where her husband died.
Kimberli Jones’ body was found by a hiker at the Hyalite Reservoir, more than 30 miles from where Jason Jones’ body was found. She died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the sheriff’s office. Springer said the person was recreating at the center when they discovered the body and called 911 to report it, reported to KRTV.
Springer also stated the area had no cellphone service, making it difficult for authorities to track Kimberli Jones’ exact location. He believes the gun used in both shootings belonged to Kimberli Jones.
The couple had no history of violence and there had been no incidents between the couple reported to law enforcement. Additionally, there is no evidence concluding that the husband and wife had an argument leading up to the shootings. Springer said autopsies will be performed Thursday, to determine the official cause of death for both.
The couple worked in the medical field.
During the investigation, authorities learned both Kimberli and Jason Jones worked for Bozeman Health, reports show.
“We are incredibly saddened to have heard the news about Dr. Jason Jones and Kimberli Jones from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office earlier today,” the health center said in a statement to their Facebook account. “Bozeman Health extends our condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of Dr. Jason Jones and Kimberli Jones.”
Jason, a doctor, and Kimberli, the clinic manager, started working for Bozeman Health in October 2021. “Dr. Jones was a primary care physician who cared for patients at multiple Bozeman Health care sites, and Kimberli was a former Bozeman Health clinic operations manager,” the statement says.
Friends and family have shared loving memories of the couple on social media.
Lindsey Manning, one of Jason Jones’ colleagues at Bozeman Health, shared a tribute dedicated to him on her Facebook page: “In recent days, I have been re-reminded of something we all hear time and again that truly is so important: Never take for granted the people you cherish in your life. You never know how much time you may have with them.”
“Dr. Jason Jones, better known by many in our clinic as Dr J, was an integral part of my MSU Clinic family. The first day I met him, we were taking pictures for the opening of our brand-new clinic,” the post reads.
“I can only imagine what an incredible father he was to his kids, as he was always willing to offer sound fatherly advice to us younger adults when we were struggling with the challenges of life.”
The couple leaves behind adult children: Andrew (Alex) Jones, Chloey Jones and Mackenzie (Cameron), according to an online obituary for Kimberli Jones.