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Update: Teen deaths near Litchfield were murder-suicide, sheriff says

A police vehicle is pictured Tuesday outside a home on the 56900 block of 340th Street in Harvey Township. Two bodies were discovered in the home the previous night. (RAND MIDDLETON | TRIBUNE)

LITCHFIELD - A Meeker County Sheriff’s Office investigation says the Monday deaths of two teens near Litchfield were the result of a murder-suicide.

According to a news release from Sheriff Brian Cruze, the investigation determined that David Cunningham shot his sister, Jessica Cunningham, in their home on 340th Street in Harvey Township before turning the gun on himself.

Their father, Thomas Cunningham, 51, apparently came home to find the two of them deceased.

Cruze said in the release that one of two follow-up search warrants at the address was for marijuana and marijuana grow-related items. A CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force investigation has now been started at the residence.

Cruze said the drug case does not appear to be related to the murder-suicide.

David Cunningham, 17, was a student at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, but was home because ACGC does not have school on Mondays.

Jessica, 15, is a former ACGC student, but the Sheriff’s Office says she had been schooling online at home.

Cruze said in the release there is no known motive for the shooting.


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