Seven Found Dead In Duplex; Cause Unknown
I grew up not far from Kirksville. It is a small community in North East Missouri where crime is not unheard of but rare. Speculation in the local media is that the cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning, though none will speculate if it was intentional or accidental.
From The Kirksville Daily Express
Seven people were found dead Sunday afternoon inside a Kirksville duplex, but a cause of death will not be known until a preliminary autopsy Monday morning.
Police Chief Jim Hughes said a 911 call came in at 2:26 p.m. reporting “a number of unresponsive individuals … and a strange odor,” inside the home, located at 704 Erin Place.
When paramedics arrived, they found seven dead. Their names and ages have not been released pending notification of their families.
“We haven’t ruled anything out nor have we ruled anything in,” Hughes said regarding the investigation into the deaths. “We are in the very beginning, basic stages and we are taking it very carefully.
“As you can imagine, this kind of incident with seven victims is something we take very serious. We are being very meticulous.”
At this time, the case is being investigated as “unattended deaths,” Hughes said, adding no suspects are being sought.
Police did obtain a search warrant Sunday evening, and a Dodge minivan was towed from an enclosed garage located on the ground floor of the duplex.
As law enforcement conducted their investigation, the residence was secured and as time passed, more and more people gathered outside, many of which were friends and family of the victims.