UPDATE: Victims Names Released in Morgan County Double Homicide

Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:11 AM by KOMU 8 Staff
Updated: Dec 5, 2012 12:14 PM

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MORGAN COUNTY - The names of the two elderly victims involved in a Morgan County homicide reported on Tuesday morning have been released.

Mable Irene Wells, 71, and Wayne Louis Wells, 82, were found dead in their home on Oak Hill Road around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4. A neighbor found the two bodies after attempting to check-in on the elderly couple. The two victims were found fully-clothed in separate rooms of the house. Both appeared to have been shot multiple times.

Morgan County deputies found the south door forced open with the lights still on in the house. It is believed the incident occurred between the hours of 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3. A neighbor who was interviewed stated that her dogs made noise around 6 p.m. the evening of the disturbance.

The investigation is being conducted by Morgan County deputies, Mid-Mo, Drug Task Force and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Morgan County Coroner Dr. M.B. Jones has scheduled an autopsy on Wednesday morning at the Capitol Region Hospital in Jefferson City.

The investigation is ongoing and if anyone has information call 573-378-5481.

In another incident, a man reported a handgun missing from his home around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The location is about one mile from the double homicide incident. While deputies and troopers were talking to the man, his neighbor, a man in his mid-twenties was outside yelling with a knife. The man stabbed himself and was arrested after a standoff with officers. He was taken to the University hospital in Columbia with non-life threatening wounds.

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