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Elderly Illinois couple dead in suspected murder, police say

Lois Ladd, 68, and Michael Ladd, 79, were found dead in their home in Edwardsville, Illinois on Monday, police said.
(Edwardsville Police)

The police in Illinois investigating after an elderly couple found dead in their home Monday in a suspected double murder.

Lois Ladd, 68, and Michael Ladd, 79, were discovered around 10:30 a.m. in their home in Edwardsville, Maj. Jeff Connor, deputy chief with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, said at a press conference.

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Connor, who represents the Major Case Squad of St. Louis that was selected to investigate the alleged crime, said that the local police were called to the house to check on one of the Ladds, when their bodies were found.

He said that the situation “seems to be a double murder of an elderly couple,” and that in the neighborhood of 30 investigators were working at the scene of the crime on Monday.

Lois Ladd worked as a chiropractor in Edwardsville, and her husband, Michael, worked as a local contractor. His brother, Don Ladd, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the family has no idea what happened.”

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Connor said that “one of the most important things that we need now the last people to see life.”

Anyone with information about the suspect of the murders is urged to contact the Edwardsville Police Department on 618-307-1611, or contact the tip line at 618-692-7550.

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