Update - March 12th, 2014 - On March 11 we reported the suspected murder- suicide in rural Clayton Township. An autopsy was completed on both individuals involved. Preliminary autopsy results along with the evidence gathered at the scene confirmed what investigators initially felt happened.
On March 10 sometime in midafternoon Robert J. Reagan age 70 entered his wife’s bedroom where she was in bed. Robert shot and killed his wife Karen M Reagan age 68 with a single gunshot wound to the head. It appeared that she may have been asleep when she was killed but we will never know for sure if she was sleeping or awake, said Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick. At some point after killing his wife, Robert walked out to his driveway and shot and killed himself with a single self-inflicted gunshot to the head with a .357 caliber revolver. It is presumed that the .357 revolver is the same gun Robert used to kill his wife but we need to wait for ballistics testing to say that for sure, added Sheriff McCullick.
The couple have lived together in their rural Crawford County home for many years and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Friends and family describe the couple as loving and having a good relationship.
We are looking into the possibility that Karen had recently received some troubling news regarding her health and that’s why this tragic event occurred said, Sheriff McCullick. Friends of the couple told us that Robert had stated that he couldn’t live if anything ever happened to Karen.
The investigation continues.
On March 10, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a call of an unresponsive male laying in his driveway on CTH X in rural Clayton Township (Soldiers Grove address).
When deputies arrived they found a 70 year old male in his driveway deceased from a gunshot wound. Upon further investigation, a search of the house was conducted. Inside the house investigators found a female in the bedroom with a fatal gunshot wound. The woman was later identified as the 68 year old wife of the deceased male in the driveway.
At this point in the investigation it appears that the husband shot and killed his wife inside the residence, and then went outside and shot and killed himself, said Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick. I believe we have the, “what” happened now we need to figure out the “why” it happened added McCullick.
The Wisconsin State Crime Lab was called to assist with processing the scene for evidence and the Wisconsin State Patrol was called to complete a diagram of the crime scene.
Autopsies are being performed on both the husband and the wife today and investigators are looking into the background of the pair. This is not a residence that the Sheriff’s Department was routinely called too. The last call at their residence was in 2008 and we have never been called there for a domestic, said McCullick.
We feel that this was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the general public. Names are not being release pending family notification.