West Michigan Couple Killed In Missouri

Posted at 10:33 PM, Feb 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-01 22:33:48-05

STONE COUNTY, Mo. — Police are investigating the murder of a Baldwin, Mich., couple in Stone County, Mo.

On Saturday night, the Stone County Sheriff’s Office told FOX 17 NEWS that at 5:43 p.m. Thursday deputies were dispatched to 1722 Trace Hollow Road in Lampe, Mo., for a burglary in progress. As deputies responded they were advised that a neighbor had two people at gunpoint.

Upon arriving at the scene, deputies detained two male subjects. The neighbor had noticed suspicious activity at the residence and confronted the males. He held them at gunpoint until deputies arrived on the scene.

Further investigation on scene by the deputies found two dead bodies in the residence. Apparent signs of foul play prompted further investigation. Detectives from the Stone County Sheriff’s Office and the members of the Missouri Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control responded to the scene.

The investigation revealed the double homicide of a husband and wife — Paul Brooks, 70, and Margaret Brooks, 69 – of 1722 Trace Hollow Road.

The Stone County Sheriff’s Office told FOX 17 NEWS that the Brooks couple were from Baldwin, Mich.

The two suspects — a 16-year-old juvenile and a 15-year-old juvenile — were taken into custody and later turned over to juvenile authorities.

An autopsy will be conducted Saturday on the victims to determine their causes of death.

The incident remains under investigation by the Stone County Sheriff’s Office.