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Update to Montgomery County Homicide-Suicide

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UPDATE 2/4/2016: According to a media release from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, The investigation is nearing completion, and autopsies have been completed on Robert and Marla Howard. It has been determined through the course of the investigation that Robert Howard died as the result of a suicide. Marla Howard died as a result of a homicide. 

Sheriff Robert Dierks said he appriciates the hours of hard work investigators have put in to make a determination in this case. Sheriff Dierks wanted to express his sincere appreciation for the assistance of The KBI.

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Update to case involving two deceased individuals found at 1199 CR 4025 in elk city, ks on January 12, 2016. On Tuesday January 12, 2016 Deputies responded to 1199 CR 4025 for a report of the discovery of two deceased persons. Upon arrival deputies discovered two people deceased in the home at that location. The deceased are identified as Robert Howard and Marla Howard both persons were residents of the home. The preliminary investigation has been completed and after careful analysis of the evidence on scene investigations have indicated they believe the deaths were caused by a homicide suicide situation. Sheriff Dierks stated there is still a lot of evidence to examine and this examination will take some time.  Sheriff Dierks reiterated these results are preliminary and investigators will not be able to come to any conclusions until all the evidence has been evaluated.  Sheriff Dierks went on to say he appreciated the patience of the citizens in this very serious matter. 
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Robert and Marla Howard, the 58-year-old couple whose bodies were found in their rural Elk City home on Tuesday afternoon, appeared to have died by murder-suicide, Sheriff Robert Dierks confirmed today."There is still a lot of loose ends that we're trying to put together, but preliminary evidence from the autopsies points to murder-suicide," said Dierks.

Dierks said he would have more details to release after the investigation is completed.

The couple was found at their home at 1199 CR 4025, which is east of the Montgomery County-Chautauqua County line on a county road known as the Sedan Shortcut.
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OFFICIAL RELEASE: 
At approximately 3:07pm on Tuesday January 12, 2016 EMS, Montgomery County Sheriff deputies, and Montgomery county rural fire responded to a 911 call to 1199 CR 4025 Elk City, Ks .  Upon arriving at the scene, officers and emergency personnel found two persons, identified as Robert and Marla Howard, both age 58, deceased in their home from gunshot wounds.  Investigators of the KBI, and detectives of the Montgomery county sheriff's office are working this case as a double homicide, but official cause of death is unknown as case is currently under investigation. More information will be release as it becomes available. 

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