Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hennepin, IL: Two dead in apparent Putnam County murder-suicide

Authorities say an elderly man shot his wife to death and then killed himself in their central Illinois home.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Department says 73-year-old James Price and 83-year-old Darlene Price were found dead Sunday evening.

A news release from Sheriff Kevin Doyle's office says Darlene Price was shot once by her husband, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reported James Price was a retired ironworker. He received a Citizen of Year Award in 2008 for his volunteer work.

The Illinois State Police assisted with the investigation. The Putnam County death investigator pronounced the couple dead at the scene.

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