The Vernon County Sheriff's department says a family of four has been found dead in an apparent triple murder-suicide.
Sheriff's officials say 42-year-old Joseph Ganshert apparently killed his 36-year-old wife, Mary Ganshert, and her two children, ages 5 and 14, Wednesday in their Hillsboro home.
Officials say the 42-year-old then left and went to his sister's farm in Lafayette County and shot himself.
The Lafayette County Sheriff's department had been investigating the suicide of the man when they found documents at the scene that led them to believe that his wife could be in danger.
They called the Vernon County Sheriff's department, but family members had already contacted authorities because they hadn't heard from Mary Ganshert.
Officers found the three dead at the Hillsboro residents around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.