Authorities Identify Bodies Found in NW Mo. Home
TRIMBLE, Mo. - Authorities have confirmed that three people found dead in a rural northwest Missouri home were killed in a double murder-suicide.
Clay County Sheriff Bob Boydston said Wednesday that authorities believe 70-year-old Jan Hepworth committed suicide after killing his 69-year-old wife, Cheryl Hepworth, and her 14-year-old cousin, Damin Russell. The Trimble couple was the teen's legal guardian.
The three bodies were found Monday in the family's home, east of Smithville Lake and about 25 miles north of Kansas City. Family and friends had lost contact with the family several days earlier.
Boydston says Jan Hepworth had been suffering from depression. Authorities found multiple prescriptions drugs used to treat depression and sleeping disorders. And Boydston says thousands of expended rounds of ammunition from multiple weapons were discovered in the basement.