A man suspected of gunning down his wife and daughter remained missing on Tuesday.
Kootenai County sheriff’s investigators believe Vern Henry, 44, shot and killed his wife Connie and his 18-year-old daughter, Heather, at their Athol, Idaho, home early Monday morning.
Both women died from multiple gunshots to the chest, according to autopsy results released Tuesday.
The couple’s 12-year-old son found his mother and sister dead in the living room and watched his father drive away in the family car, sheriff’s officials said.
A warrant has been issued for Henry’s arrest, charging him with two counts of first-degree murder.
Sheriff’s deputies spent two days searching back roads, side roads and forest roads around the home north of Coeur d’Alene. They have issued an alert nationwide and in Canada to locate Henry.
Investigators suspect he either fled the area or killed himself, said sheriff’s Lt. Nile Shirley.
“We have only supposition at this time as to where or what this guy is doing,” Shirley said. “All you can do is evaluate what you would do if you were in his situation.”
Shirley would not comment on a possible motive for the shooting, saying that investigators want to find Henry first.
However, he did ask, “If anybody out there knows him well enough to know where he might go to get his thoughts put together, we would certainly like to hear from them.”
The weapon used to kill the two women has not been found. Detectives believe the mother and daughter were shot with a handgun and that Henry may still have the gun with him, Shirley said.
Anyone who has spotted Henry or has information relating to the double murder is asked to call the sheriff’s department at (208) 664-1511.
Henry is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 145 pounds with brown hair and a reddish brown beard. He was last seen leaving the family home headed north on U.S. 95 in a 1984 or 1985 maroon Toyota Camry.
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