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home : news : local   April 29, 2016

10/14/2013 11:07:00 AM
Names released in Henry shooting deaths


Shannon Crawley-Serpette
Staff Writer



HENRY — Illinois State Police released the identities this morning of the two people who died in an apparent murder-suicide incident early Friday morning in Henry.

Melissa Rice, 42, of Henry and James Doerr Jr., 46, of Henry were named as the deceased. The press release issued by state police noted that Doerr was also known as Bill or Billy.

State troopers were dispatched at 2 a.m. Friday to 1022 W. Warren St. to assist Henry Police Department and Marshall County Sheriff’s Department regarding a report of a man with a gun.

When officers responded to the scene, they located Rice dead, and Doerr, who was still alive, the press released stated.

Doerr was taken from the residence to a Life Flight helicopter, but he died prior to being transferred to Life Flight.

The press release states that Rice and Doerr had been in a dating relationship that had ended before this incident.

The Illinois State Police Zone 4 Investigations and Crime Scene Services are conducting the investigation.

At this time, state police are not looking for any suspects, the press release stated. The preliminary autopsy results indicate both Rice and Doerr died from gunshot wounds, but the official cause of the deaths will not be determined until toxicology results are in.

The evidence to this point indicates the incident was a murder-suicide, but the final determination will not be made until the investigation is complete, the press release stated.

Other departments assisting with the investigation include Marshall County State’s Attorney’s Office, Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Marshall County Coroner’s Office and Henry Police Department.

Shannon Crawley-Serpette may be reached at (309) 364-2268 or ntputnam@newstrib.com.












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