Aqua Hot Founder, Wife Found Slain in Home
Members of the tight-knit community of Hudson, Colo., gathered Thursday (Jan. 15) night to mourn two slain neighbors as authorities searched for clues as to who would commit such a crime.
The Denver Post reported that the bodies of a man and a woman were found Thursday morning inside a rural home. Authorities did not release the identities of the victims, but friends of the couple identified them as Harold “Hap” Enander, 69, and Sue Enander, 61, owners of recreational vehicle supplier Aqua-Hot Heating Systems in Fort Lupton, Colo.
No suspects had been named as of Thursday night. About 7 p.m., a search warrant was executed at the home. There was no indication that the deaths were a murder-suicide, authorities said.
“Foul play is suspected. It’s being handled as a double homicide,” said Adams County sheriff’s spokeswoman Candi Baker.
Hap Enander, who formed Vehicle Systems in 1984 to manufacture auxiliary heating systems for the construction and bus industries, expanded his company into motorhomes when he adapted one of his commercial systems for Country Coach Inc., Junction City, Ore.
Then, in 1989, he changed the name of the company and began manufacturing Aqua-Hot, which also included a tankless on-demand water heater.
The Post reported that the couple were heavily involved in their church, working with the children of the congregation, said family friend Al Colby, whose daughter works for Aqua Hot. Hap Enander was the church treasurer, and both Enanders were involved with music there.
“The little kids in the church just loved the two people, and all the adults just loved Hap and Sue,” Colby said.
Colby said the Enanders, who had been married for about three years, were wonderful people. They enjoyed children, fishing and boating and helping others, he said.
“I’d have to hunt like hell to find anyone who would have anything bad to say about him,” Colby said. “Hap was the kind of guy who you could take something out of his hands and he would ask if you really needed it, then he would give it to you.”