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Married couple dead in Lafayette County murder-suicide

Posted at 9:55 AM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 10:55:38-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Authorities investigated the murder-suicide of a married couple in rural Bates City, Missouri.

The Lafayette County Sheriff's Office said deputies were sent the 3800 block of Linn Road for a death investigation around 9:45 a.m. Monday.

When they got there, they found a dead woman, identified as 52-year-old Robin Hicklin, on the main level.

Deputies said she appeared to be an assault victim.

Deputies found another body in the basement, identified as 49-year-old John Hicklin. His death was ruled a suicide.

The sheriff's office and county coroner concluded the deaths were a result of a murder-suicide.

Robin Hicklin's body was taken to the medical examiner for an autopsy.

John Hicklin's body was released to his family.