UPDATE: Death Investigation Continues in Polo

By: Jessica Geraci Email
By: Jessica Geraci Email

UPDATE: POLO (WIFR) – Investigators say the two people found dead in a Polo home Monday were shot to death, in what police are calling an apparent murder suicide.

Police have identified the victims as 73-year-old Marcellene Jones and 76-year-old Paul Busser Jr. Police say Busser entered Jones’ home on West North Street a little after noon, shot her, and then hanged and shot himself. We’re told the incident is still under investigation.

POLO (WIFR) -- Family members say the two people found dead inside a Polo home Monday afternoon were likely shot. The Ogle County Sheriff's department is still trying to determine what happened, and an important part of their investigation should be complete Tuesday.

Neighbors on W. North Street in Polo say police cars and barricades were an unwelcome site on their block as investigators try to sort out why two bodies were found inside a home in the 600 block Monday afternoon.

“It is scary, you don't know, should I sleep with a hammer next to me since I’m alone, I don't know,” says neighbor Charlene Call.

"It was shocking, to find out what’s going on and to find there’s been possible shootings, one would have been bad enough but if there were two, that's even worse,” says Chris Melton. "Polo is a close knit town and I think everyone kind of looks out for each other.”

According to family members who came to the scene, the homeowner is a widow in her sixties who lived alone. The Ogle County Sheriff won't confirm that, but says the public isn't in danger

“It is an isolated incident and we are very, very sure this is an isolated incident and the public doesn’t need to be worried about anything else," says Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn.

Neighbors say they want investigators to solve this case quickly and restore peace to the block.

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