Amarillo Police were called out Saturday on a welfare check call in the 7800 block of Pineridge Drive.

Once on the scene Officers could see a person lying inside of the residence.

Authorities entered the home and found a deceased female identified as 69-year-old Karen June Nicholas.

APD’s Homicide Unit and CSI determined that Nicholas did not die of natural causes and the suspect in her death was identified as 29-year-old Christopher Lee Nicholas, the grandson of the victim.

An arrest warrant was obtained for the arrest of Christopher Nicholas and it was determined that he had fled to Missouri.

Officers located the suspect in Missouri, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The investigation into this homicide is ongoing and an autopsy has been ordered.