HIGHLAND, Kan.— The names of two people found dead in a Highland home on July 3 have been confirmed.
The deaths of Daniel Ingles, 61, and Theresa Gurwell, 57, are under investigation. Family members described the deaths as a possible murder-suicide, but authorities did not confirm that.
The Highland Police Department, along with assistance from the Doniphan County Sheriff’s Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, is conducting an investigation into the deaths of Ingles and Gurwell. At about 6 p.m. July 3, the Highland Police Department was requested to conduct a welfare check at 108 S. Vermillion St. in Highland. An officer discovered that both residents were deceased.
“The evidence is being analyzed in our forensic laboratory,” said Melissa Underwood with the KBI.
Family members of Gurwell previously told News-Press Now they had attempted to contact her the night of July 2. Jeremy Gurwell, her son, and his wife, Mya, attempted several times the following day, and all calls went straight to voicemail, so they contacted the Doniphan County Sheriff’s Department to ask that she be checked on.
Mya Gurwell confirmed her family received the preliminary autopsy Sunday and it appeared Theresa Gurwell was sleeping when she was shot in the back of the head. The family said that Ingles apparently then shot himself.
Chief Whetstine said he could not comment on cause of death at this time and will release more information as he can. Officials said the investigation is ongoing, but no other persons are believed to have been involved in the deaths.
The Gurwell family started a GoFundMe account for funeral expenses at www.gofundme.com/f35dpz-funeral-expenses-for-our-mom.