Deaths of two 86-year-olds in Sesser ruled murder/suicide

The deaths of two 86-year-old in Sesser are under investigation.
Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 6:17 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2022 at 10:38 AM CDT
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SESSER, Ill. (KFVS) - According to the Sesser Police Department, the deaths of two 86-year-olds on Tuesday, June 28 have been ruled a murder suicide.

Officers were called to the 800 block of South Locust Street just after 9 a.m. to investigate a dropped call.

When they arrived, no one appeared to be around, so the officers made an emergency entry into the home.

This is when they found Phyllis Miller and her husband, James E. Miller, on the kitchen floor.

Sesser Police said Phyllis Miller was dead and James Miller appeared to be suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

James Miller was flown to a St. Louis hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The Sesser Police Department investigated the deaths with help from the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Unit and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

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