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Police investigate double murder in La Grange; subject in custody

Press-News Journal of Canton, Missouri

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Dan Steinbeck PNJ Editor

The deaths of two La-Grange family members were being investigated Tuesday as a double homicide and a third member was in police custody, awaiting charges at press time.

The dead were identified as Patricia S. Piersee, 21 and her son Landon Piersee, approximately six months old.

In the custody of the Lewis County Sheriff's Office Tuesday evening was Christopher M. Piersee, 24.Charges were expected to be filed by Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney Jules DeCoster Wednesday morning, February 4.

Christopher Piersee was taken into custody on a 24-hold pending two counts felony homicide shortly after police arrived at the 9:40 a.m. call Tuesday, February 3.

The house is located at 409 North Fourth Street in LaGrange.

In a press conference at the LaGrange Police Department Tuesday evening, Sheriff David Parrish declined to speculate how the two died.

The two were pronoucend dead at the scene by Lewis County Coroner Larry Arnold at 12:30 p.m.

At the evening press conference, Parrish said a search warrant was secured and members of his department, the LaGrange Police, and the Division of Drug and Crime Control of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

"The cause of the deaths is under investigation. We're not ruling out anything," Parrish said, adding an autopsy was scheduled to be performed in Columbia Feb. 4.

LaGrange Police Chief Larry Perm said there had been one prior call to the residence regarding a domestic disturbance, but he doesn't know when that was. He did say the family had not lived at the address a year.

Parrish would not comment where C. Piersee was found in the home, or where the bodies of the victims were. He also would not say how long the two had been dead before law enforcement arrived.

"It's a tragedy and we're trying to get to the bottom of it," said Penn.

Parrish declined to answer questions about rumors.

"We're hearing a lot of things too."

Law enforcement were called by 911, though the law enforcement didn't say who called 911.

Parrish said the house was rented by Eric Yar-brough, father of Patricia Piersee.

While some community members apparently feared a murderer was on the loose, Penn said Tuesday afternoon that was not the case.

"There is no danger that anyone is out on the loose."

Penn said a gun was recovered and released to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office, but did not know if it was used in the crime.

The LaGrange Main Street between the former Imperial Station at the north end of Town and Monroe Street in the middle of town was blocked off Tuesday by yellow crime scene tape, and law enforcement vehicles monitoring the taped area.

Earnest Martin, who lives a few houses north of the crime site, left at 3:30 Tuesday morning to take a rail crew to a train at Clarksville, and got back after 10 a.m. "When I got back the street was lined with cop cars."

His wife Edna said she heard nothing out of the ordinary, while she was watching TV.

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Original Publication Date: February 5, 2009

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