Death on highway south of Neosho believed to be murder-suicide - KOAM TV 7

Death on highway south of Neosho believed to be murder-suicide

Updated May 9, 2014:  Authorities say a Neosho, Missouri woman yesterday shot her husband before turning the gun on herself.  It happened on Highway AA south of Neosho.

Authorities discovered the bodies around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Officials confirm the identity of the bodies to be 69-year-old Anne Kelley and 73-year-old Edwin Kelley.

Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland says a handgun was found under the woman's body, and the woman's body and her husband's body were found quite a ways apart leading police to believe it was a murder-suicide.

An official declaration of death will come from the coroner.  Autopsies were scheduled for today. 

Updated May 8, 2014 at 8:30 PM CST: Newton County Chief Deputy Chris Jennings has identified the bodies found today on Highway AA as 69-year-old Anne Kelley and 73-year-old Edwin Kelley, both of Neosho, MO.

Jennings confirms the two are husband and wife, and says they were reportedly having marital problems. The families of both have been contacted.

May 8, 2014 at 4:45 PM CST: Our reporter at the location says the scene has been cleared and the highway is once again open to traffic.

Updated May 8, 2014 at 4:00 PM CST: Sheriff Copeland says they received the call around 2:30 p.m. today from somebody driving by. He says two vehicles were located near the bodies and they are looking into the possibility of the incident being a murder-suicide.

Copeland says the individuals have the same last name, but their identities are not being released at this time.

We will provide more information as it becomes available.

Posted May 8, 2014 at 3:17 p.m.:  Newton County Sheriff's Department were called out to the area of Highway AA, south of Neosho, Missouri, in reference to two bodies.   Sheriff Ken Copeland says they found a deceased elderly man and elderly female in the road.  Sheriff Copeland says they are in the early stages of the investigation, processing the scene.

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