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Crawford Co. release names of murder/suicide victims

CLAYTON TOWNSHIP (WKOW) -- Crawford County authorities have now released the names of the murder/suicide victims in Clayton Township.

Investigators say 70-year-old Robert Reagan shot and killed his wife, 68-year-old Karen, inside their home. She may have been sleeping at the time. A short time later, Robert walked out to their driveway, taking his own life.

Authorities are looking into the possibility that Karen had recently received some troubling news regarding her health. Friends of the couple told WKOW in Madison that Robert had stated that he couldn’t live if anything ever happened to Karen.        

The Sheriff's Department investigation into the incident is ongoing.  

CLAYTON TOWNSHIP, Wis. (WXOW) – The Crawford County Sheriff's department is investigating what the sheriff there is calling a murder-suicide in rural Clayton Township.

According to Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick, officers went to a call at 5:30 p.m., Monday, about an unresponsive man laying in his driveway on CTH X. When deputies arrived they found a 70-year-old man dead with a gunshot wound. Inside the home, deputies found the man's 68-year-old wife in a bedroom. She also had a fatal gunshot wound.

Sheriff Dale McCullick said in a statement to the media, “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.”

In the statement, McCullick said they believe they have the "what" happened, they now to figure out the "why" it occurred.

Autopsies are being performed on both the husband and the wife today.

The names of the couple aren't being released pending family notification. 

The sheriff's department said this was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the general public. 

It wasn't a home where the department was called to often, according to the sheriff. The last call to the house was in 2008. McCullick said officers have never gone there for a domestic incident.

Clayton Township is in the northeast part of Crawford County.

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