Sheriff’s deputies in mid-Missouri’s Miller County say a murder suspect who killed himself overnight in South Dakota is now suspected of killing a man and a woman in Kaiser.
Miller County Sheriff Louie Gregoire’s office says the two victims were discovered Wednesday in the 300 block of Route D. The sheriff identifies the victims as 74-year-old Daniel Stephan and 64-year-old Pamela Stephan.
Miller County sheriff’s deputies say deputies were dispatched to the home, for a well-being check. Deputy Sheriff Randy Wheeler tells 93.9 the Eagle that detectives are still investigating.
It’s unclear when Daniel and Pamela Stephan were murdered.
The suspect in their deaths, 45-year-old JT McLean, was found dead in a stolen vehicle overnight in South Dakota. His body was found near a motel, as South Dakota state troopers and sheriff’s deputies closed in on him.
South Dakota authorities say they were contacted late last night by U.S. Marshals, saying that McLean was wanted for four murders: the August deaths of Fulton teacher Allison Abitz and her daughter Jozee, and the Miller County deaths. South Dakota authorities say McLean was driving a vehicle stolen from one of his murder victims, and ON STAR located the vehicle in the motel parking lot near Dakota Dunes.
As for the Miller County case, Sheriff Gregoire’s office describes it as an ongoing investigation. He also says the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control is assisting Miller County.
(This story was last updated at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.)