Three found dead in southwest Missouri

Saturday, July 19, 2008 | 5:33 p.m. CDT; updated 3:50 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

WASHBURN — Three people were found dead in a small town in southwest Missouri, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

The patrol said a trooper saw three people lying in the grass near the sports complex in Washburn, southwest of Springfield, on Friday night. As the trooper approached, he realized all three were dead.

The dead were identified as Carl Miller, 42, of Washburn; his former wife, Rhonda Miller, 39, also of Washburn, and Donald F. Horton Jr., 45, of Bentonville, Ark. They had been shot to death.

The patrol said the investigation continued Saturday and that autopsies were expected to be conducted Monday.

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