Detectives: Murdered couple was stabbed, beaten

12:23 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
  • Margaret Susan and Paul Brian Brooks. / Submitted to the News-Leader
  • Seasonal residents Paul and Margaret Brooks were found dead at 1722 Trace Hollow Road in Lampe. Two teenagers are in custody. Valerie Mosley/News-Leader
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UPDATE (12 p.m. Tuesday)-- The Stone County Sheriff's Office is releasing autopsy results for a West Michigan couple killed in southwest Missouri.

The medical examiner says 70-year-old  Paul and his wife, 69-year-old Margaret Brooks of Baldwin, Mich. were likely stabbed to death.  Blunt force trauma was also a factor in their deaths.

A 15-year-old suspect and a 16-year-old suspect remain in the custody of juvenile authorities, who plan to try the runaways as adults in the case. The Springfield News-Leader reports  the teen suspects face juvenile charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and burglary. 

The Brooks' bodies were found Thursday night at a home south of Table Rock Lake, where they were seasonal residents.

A man saw two suspicious young men near the home and held them at gunpoint until authorities arrived. The teens had recently run away from Lives Under Construction Ranch, a nearby facility for at-risk youth.

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