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Jul 24, 2013 9:18 PM by Samantha Ptashkin

Son remembers murdered elderly couple

TUCSON- The son of Erskin and Mary Fulgham say they were the type of parents that would do anything for their family. "They were very religious," Mike Fulgham says. "My dad didn't have a great education, but he worked very hard."

Mike is one of the Fulgham's four children. He drove in from Carson City, Nevada when he learned what happened. He says on Tuesday afternoon his son discovered the bodies of Erskin, 87, and Mary, 84, inside their midtown home near Grant and Swan. They had lived in the home for more than 40 years.

TPD says there were obvious signs of trauma and their vehicle was missing from the home.

"It just doesn't seem real," Mike Fulgham says. "I mean my parents were old and we were expecting a call anytime saying they had passed away, but not murder."

Erskin Fulgham was a World War II veteran, who worked for about 30 years at ASARCO Mining.

Mary worked in the physical education department at The University of Arizona. "I was very close with my family," Mike says. "I spent a couple years living here and taking care of them."

Mike says he spoke to his mother over the phone just hours before he learned of the murders. His last words to her were: "I love you Mom".

On Wednesday afternoon law enforcement officers located the white Buick sedan that belonged to the Fulghams in Nevada.

According to TPD spokeswoman Sgt. Maria Hawke, the three occupants of the vehicle were detained for questioning, but they were not arrested. The investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with information should call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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