Police: Dead Mattoon couple likely murder-suicide

2006-10-10T00:00:00Z Police: Dead Mattoon couple likely murder-suicideThe Associated Press The Associated Press
October 10, 2006 12:00 am  • 

MATTOON - The deaths of a husband and wife in their apartment in this central Illinois community appears to be a case of murder-suicide, investigators said Monday.

Morris Thompson Jr., 47, and Roberta Thompson, 50, were found dead shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday after authorities received a 911 call, police said in a statement.

The statement did not provide details, including how the victims died, saying only that the investigation assisted by the Illinois State Police was continuing and autopsies were planned.

"After initial investigation of the scene and interviews conducted with family members and others, it appears at this time that the incident may be a murder/suicide," the police statement read.

Messages for comment left Monday with Larry Metzelaars, Mattoon's police chief, were not immediately returned.

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