UPDATE: Deaths Ruled Murder-Suicide
Posted by KSJB News on 8/9/2017 1:30:00 PM.
Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger

JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger released a statement on Wednesday, saying that two people found dead in a northeast Jamestown residence on Sunday were victims of a murder-suicide.

Eidinger said in his press release that 26-year-old Cherish Ranae Petersen died from a single gunshot wound to the back of the head. The other occupant of the home, 33-year-old Casey Gene Jensen, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The police chief said a Winchester rifle and two shell casings were recovered from the home at 1906 4th Street Northeast.

The two were in a domestic relationship and a 3-month old baby was removed from the home by officers and taken to Jamestown Regional Medical Center, where it was treated for dehydration and turned over to family members.

Edinger said the fathers of the deceased discovered the bodies. And while police were called to the home at 5:49 p.m. Sunday, August 6, the medical examiner determined that the deaths could have occurred in the late evening of August 4 or the early morning of August 5.

Jamestown Police and Stutsman County Sheriff personnel conducted the investigation with assistance from the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

 
Earlier, we had reported:
 
JAMESTOWN – Police Chief Scott Edinger has identified two people found dead in a home in northeast Jamestown on Sunday.
 
Edinger said Monday afternoon that 33-year-old Casey Gene Jensen and Cherish Renae Petersen, died in an incident at a home located at 1906 4th Street Northeast.  Edinger gave Petersen's age as 36, an entry on the website for the Eddy Funeral Home lists her age as 26.

Edinger said someone discovered the bodies of Jensen and Petersen and called police at 5:49 p.m. Sunday. Officers also found a 3-month-old child in the home. The child was unharmed. It was placed into protective custody and then turned over to family members, according to the police chief.

Earlier, Edinger said officers had recovered a weapon from the scene.  He emphasized on Monday afternoon that investigators were still working to piece together the exact series of events

Edinger said autopsies are being performed in an attempt to establish a timeline for the events leading up to the deaths. Earlier he had said that investigators did not believe there was any threat to the public.

Jamestown Police are being assisted in the investigation by the Stutsman County Sheriff's Department and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.


We had earlier reported:

JAMESTOWN -  Authorities are investigating the discovery of two bodies in Jamestown.  Police Chief Scott Edinger tells the Associated Press that a weapon was recovered at the site.
 
Edinger confirms the bodies of a man and a woman were found at 1906 4th Street Northeast at 5:49 p.m. Sunday.  Edinger also confirms that a three-month old child was removed from the home. He says the child was found unharmed and turned over to family members.  
 
Chief Edinger says there is no threat to the general public. 
 
Edinger declined to say what led to the discovery of the bodies other than to say police were contacted by a third party.  He also declined to provide any names because relatives are still being notified of the deaths. 
 
Jamestown Police are being assisted in the investigation by the Stutsman County Sheriff's Department and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.


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