GLENDALE, MO–(KMOX)–Investigators say there is no indication the husband was involved in Monday’s shooting in which Catherine Murch apparently shot the couple’s two young children and then turned the gun on herself.
“At this point, I don’t consider him (the husband) a suspect,” said Major Case Squad Lt. Tim Fagan.
Fagan says the Mitch Murch’s 911 emergency calls and his account of the shootings appear to line up with the evidence gathered so far in the ongoing case. But he added that lab tests and interviews are still pending.
Glendale Police Chief Jeff Beaton outlined the crime, saying it began Monday July 30 at 10:57 in the morning with the caller Mitch Murch the second reporting he had heard gunshots in his home in the 700 block of Hawbrook Road.
A second 911 call from Murch reported that his wife Catherine had shot their two children and then herself.
Police arrived to find Catherine Murch, 42, on the first floor and her husband peforming CPR. The couple’s 11-year old son, Mitchell Murch the third, was found shot on the first floor of the home. Their 9-year old daughter, Mary Claire Murch, was found shot in a bedroom on the second floor.
The children were immediately rushed to a hospital, but later died. The mother was pronounced dead on the scene.
Lt. Fagan was guarded in his statements, emphasizing there is “much work to do”
“Certainly, there is a possibility that this would be as reported, but again, it’s too early in this investigation to make a specific determination of exactly what happened,” Fagan said.
Still pending before a final determination can be made are crime lab tests, including one to determine who fired the gun. Also pending are autopsy results and more interviews with those connected with the case.
Fagan declined to answer questions about reports that Catherine Murch had been suffering from depression.
“There’s absolutely nothing concerning her mental state that I’m prepared to release today,” Fagan said.
Fagan also declined to say whether there was any obvious emotional strain, marital trouble or financial problems that would explain the shooting.
Investigators did say there have been no previous calls to the home for any type of domestic problems that might have foreshadowed the shooting.
After the news conference, KMOX received an unconfirmed report from someone with ties to the Murch family that Catherine had left behind a note. The issue of a suicide note never came up at the news conference, and police were not availible later for comment.