Authorities now believe a shooting Wednesday afternoon in Jefferson City that left a married couple dead was a murder-suicide.
Officers responded at approximately 4:17 p.m. Wednesday to the 100 block of Garfield Street for the report of two people found dead inside their home, according to police reports. A relative had tried to contact the couple but, unable to get in touch them, the relative went to the home and discovered the bodies.
Authorities identified the victims as 52-year-old Bobby Clines and his wife, 46-year-old Mary Clines. The couple died from gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead at the scene.
While the Jefferson City Police Department is treating the investigation as a murder-suicide, authorities said they are continuing to attempt to determine a motive for the shooting and the case remains open.
An autopsy has been scheduled, and detectives are conducting follow-up interviews related to the incident.
Two people were found fatally shot Wednesday afternoon in Jefferson City.
According to police reports, officers were called around 4:20 p.m. to the 100 block of Garfield Street for a report of a shooting victim.
A relative of the residents had not been able to get in touch with the couple, so the relative went to the house to investigate and found the man and woman dead from gunshot wounds.
Authorities said the couple was married, and they did not believe anyone else was involved in the incident. Until they talked to neighbors and other family members, police officials said they would not release the names of the victims.