Stefan Bateman, 22, from Lancaster, and Ruth Fleming, 22, from County Durham, were found dead on Wednesday after renting guns at a shooting range at Mesa, east of Phoenix, Arizona. The following day, their friend Jane Greenhow, 23, put a gun to her head and killed herself near the town of Redding, in northern California, about 1,000 miles away. All three were wearing Swat-type, black protective clothing when they died.
A spokesman for Andover police said the trio disappeared just after Christmas. He added: "The three of them just took off and no one knows why. It's a total mystery - they didn't tell anyone they were going away."
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