Crime

Elderly wife dead in apparent suicide pact at Montaña de Oro

The Taylors' car was discovered in Montaña de Oro State Park, at the end of Pecho Valley Road.
The Taylors' car was discovered in Montaña de Oro State Park, at the end of Pecho Valley Road. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

As the result of an apparent suicide pact, an elderly Los Osos woman is dead and her husband is in County Jail charged with her murder after the couple were found in a car late Monday at Montaña de Oro State Park.

At 11:26 p.m. Monday, a ranger patrolling the park discovered a suspicious-looking vehicle near the end of Pecho Valley Road near Coon Creek. The ranger made contact with George Leigh Taylor, 86, of Los Osos, the driver of the car.

The ranger determined the passenger, Gewynn Mariann Taylor, 81, was dead, and called Sheriff’s Office investigators. George Taylor was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

After further investigation, deputies arrested him for homicide and booked him into County Jail without bail. The investigation is ongoing and an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

The death appears to be the result of a suicide pact between the couple, said sheriff’s Cmdr. Brian Hascall, without elaborating.

George Taylor is a retired firefighter. The Taylors lived in the 400 block of Mitchell Drive and were known for their community activism.

They frequently attended county Board of Supervisors meetings, where Gewynn Taylor commented on a variety of issues facing Los Osos, including the sewer system under construction and groundwater issues.

Family friend Richard Margetson said the couple were close and generous in donating time and money to a variety of causes in Los Osos. He was shocked to hear of the tragedy.

“They were wonderful people,” he said.

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