Police Issue Statement on Glendale Murder-Suicide Investigation


Catherine Murch and her children Mitchell and Mary Claire were found shot to death in the family home Monday.
  • Catherine Murch and her children Mitchell and Mary Claire were found shot to death in the family home Monday.
The Major Case Squad and the Glendale Police have issued a statement on the status of their investigation into the suspected murder-suicide of the Murch family. It's early days in their investigation so information is sparse, and subject to change; a police press conference scheduled for 4:15 p.m. today was postponed at the last minute.

Key points in the statement:
1. Police consistently refer to the case as a "reported murder-suicide." They're not saying that's what happened, they're saying that's what was reported to them and that they're investigating it as such. Evidence gleaned in the ongoing investigation may change that, or it may not.

2. Police believe at this point that this was "an isolated incident," and that there are no indications that a suspect is at large.

Full text of the press release after the jump.
The Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad continues to investigate a reported murder / suicide at a residence in the 700 block of Hawbrook Road in the City of Glendale. The incident was reported to the Glendale Police Department on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 10:57 a.m. Approximately 20 Major Case Squad Investigators are thoroughly investigating the incident in effort to determine exactly what happened in the home on Monday. Investigators are awaiting the preliminary results from the St. Louis County Medical Examiner's Office and the St. Louis County Police Department Crime Lab.

Glendale Police Officers and Major Case Squad Investigators are working very hard to gather evidence and information to determine what led to the victims' deaths. If anyone has any information which they believe may be helpful to the investigation, they are asked to contact the Major Case Squad at the Glendale Police Department.

It is believed that this was an isolated incident and there are no indications that neighbors need to be concerned about a suspect at large.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

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