Engaged couple found dead in double shooting near Columbia

November 3, 2017

ASHLAND, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in mid-Missouri have identified the engaged couple found fatally shot inside a home in Ashland.

The Columbia Tribune reports that the Boone County Sheriff’s Department identified the victims as 42-year-old Travis Parker and 36-year-old Jessica Willits.

The bodies were found Thursday. Investigators believe both had lived at the home in Ashland, near Columbia, since July.

Willits was shot twice in the chest with a rifle. Parker suffered a single shot to the head with the same weapon. Ashland Police Chief Lyn Woolford says investigators have not yet ruled whether the incident was a murder-suicide, but police do not believe anyone else was involved in the shooting.


Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com

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