Police are backing away from an original theory that the wife of a wealthy businessman shot her two kids before taking her own life. The husband, who found all three bodies, is ‘cooperating’ with police. Read on to find out the details.
Mitch Murch discovered the bodies of his wife, Cathy Murch, and two kids, Mitch Murch III and Mary Claire Murch, in various rooms of their large St. Louis-area home after hearing gunshots. Mitch told police he was downstairs during the time of the shooting, but he believed his wife shot their kids before killing herself.
Although police were initially treating the investigation as a murder-suicide, they are now backtracking.
“Certainly, there is a possibility that this would be as reported, but again, it’s too early in this investigation to make a specific determination of exactly what happened,” Major Case Squad Lt. Tim Fagan said, according to KMOV St. Louis.
He also said that the results of the crime lab tests and autopsies are stil pending, and could hold other clues to the crime, such as who shot the gun. Investigators also need to talk to more people connected to the family and the case.
Mitch II, however, has not been named a suspect, and has been cooperating with police.
As far as a motive for Cathy, police were not at liberty to say yet. “There’s absolutely nothing concerning her mental state that I’m prepared to release today,” Lt. Tim Fagan said.
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