GOTHENBURG, Neb. – Authorities in Gothenburg, Nebraska have reported that the bodies of two local residents were found dead inside their home on Sunday.
53-year-old Jill McCandless and her husband Jeff, 52, were discovered deceased by a relative inside the Nebraska residence according to Dawson County Attorney Elizabeth Waterman.
Jill McCandless was a law enforcement officer serving the town of Gothenburg for roughly 1o years after joining the force in 2010.
The Dawson County Attorney’s office said in a statement that the cause of death appeared to be a murder-suicide. Investigators speculated that Jill’s husband Jeff shot and killed the veteran police officer and then turned the gun on himself.
Officials from the Nebraska State Patrol reportedly dispatched to the McCandless residence at approximately 9 p.m. on Sunday where they discovered the couple inside the home, already deceased from the apparent gun shot wounds.
An autopsy for each of the victims has been scheduled and the investigation is ongoing, authorities noted. The Nebraska State Patrol is in charge of the investigation, and the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and Gothenburg Police Department assisted at the scene.
According to a previous story by the Gothenburg Leader, Jill Mccandless became the third woman to join the force when she accepted a position at the department nearly 10 years ago.
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Our hearts go out to the family, friends and coworkers affected by this tragedy.
“We were blessed by her love and gentle heart. Our hearts are heavy with her passing,” one Facebook user said about McCandless on social media. “Jill was a wonderful Mother, Sister-In-Law, Aunt, Friend and Officer.”
This story is developing. Law Enforcement Today will continue to bring live updates to the investigation as more information becomes available.