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Illinois State Police release names in Henry deaths

HENRY — The identities of the Henry residents who were involved in the incident in Henry on Oct. 11 were released by the Illinois State Police.

Melissa Rice, 42, and James Doerr Jr., 46, were named as the deceased. The press release noted Doerr had been also known as Billy or Bill.

On Oct. 11 at 2 a.m., troopers from District 8 of the Illinois State Police were dispatched to the 1022 W. Warren St. address in Henry on a call to assist the Henry Police Department and the Marshall County Sheriff's Department. The call was listed as a report of a man with a gun.

As officers came to the scene they located, Doerr who was still alive, and Rice, who was dead at the time, according to the press release. Doerr was then moved to a location for Life Flight helicopter pickup but died prior to being taken to a hospital.

The press release from the state police noted Rice and Doerr had a dating relationship that was ended prior to the incident.

The Oct. 11 incident is being led by the Illinois State Police Zone 4 Investigations and the Crime Scene Services.

At present, the state police are not looking for any additional suspects, according to the press release. The victims both died from gunshot wounds, according to preliminary autopsy reports. The official cause of death on each will not be announced until the results of the toxicology reports are in.

According to the release, current evidence indicates the incident was a murder-suicide, but final determination won't be made until the investigation is complete.

Assisting in the investigation are the Marshall County State's Attorney's Office, Marshall County Sheriff's Department, the Marshall County Coroner's Office and the Henry Police Department.


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