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MSHP: Gasconade County deaths an apparent murder-suicide

Authorities now say the deaths of a family friend and a four-year-old boy in mid-Missouri look like a murder-suicide.

The Highway Patrol said Monday autopsies show four-year-old Bentlee Turner and 37-year-old Monty Barton of Belle both died of gunshot wounds. Barton’s shot appears self-inflicted.

Their bodies were found near Barton’s car in rural Gasconade County south of Mount Sterling on the night of Sept. 16. They had not been seen since the morning of Sept. 15.

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