Couple found dead in rural Murphysboro home

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An autopsy is planned for today on the two people found dead inside a rural Murphysboro home Monday.

The Jackson County Coroner’s Office says 65-year-old Burl E. Ritcheson and 66-year-old Brenda K. Ritcheson, both of Murphysboro, were found dead in their home just after midnight. Someone called 911 just after midnight saying there were two people possibly dead inside the house.

The case is being investigated as a suspicious death by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Jackson County Coroner’s Office.

No details regarding the circumstances surrounding their deaths or the cause of the death is being released at this time.