May 20, 2003 at 9:38 PM CDT - Updated June 21 at 4:14 PM
Suspicious Deaths By CJ Cassidy
(Poplar Bluff, MO)--The Butler County Major Case Squad is helping police in Poplar Bluff look for answers after they find the bodies of three women in the same rental house, a week apart.
Police say a 911 call from one of the victim's husbands led them to the house where they made the latest discovery finding the bodies of 52 year old Margie Parker and 45 year old Theresa Orr Monday.
Ruby Kerr who owns the house where the deaths took place says she still can't believe what's happened. "I'm still in a state of shock coming home and finding all this," she said. Kerr says she rented the home out to Margie Parker and her husband just two months ago. "They just moved up here Arkansas and they seemed like normal down to earth people; a nice couple'" she said.
But Kerr says James and Margie Parker had their share of problems. "She had knee surgery and was on disability; he was a Vietnam Vet who had some kind of disability from the war," she told Heartland News.
Margie Parker's cousin Theresa Orr also lived with the couple. "We don't know if this was a homicide or a drug overdose but we're going to get to the bottom of it," Captain Dennis Long with the Butler County Major Case Squad said.
Police also want to know what caused the death of another woman... 44 year old Jamie Sommers at the same house, last week. "We've had numerous drug overdoses in the past over the years, but it's the first time we've had three in same residence over a one week period," Sommers said.
And police hope getting their hands on the women's medical records will help solve most of the mystery behind their deaths. "We found numerous prescription drugs in the names of all three victims," Long said.
The bodies of all three victims have been sent off for toxicology testing and autopsies, in Farmington.
It could take at least two to three weeks before those reports come back.