Apparent murder-suicide in Page County


May 12th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities are investigating the death of Page County residents. According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, the death in Shambaugh, were reported at around 7:40-p.m.

Officials say the Clarinda Dispatch Center received a 911 call from 68-year old Frank Harley McCoy, of Shambaugh. During the call, McCoy indicated that he had killed his wife and was going to kill himself.

Local authorities requested assistance from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Law enforcement immediately responded to the McCoy residence at 506 2nd Street in Shambaugh. The home was secured and officers made multiple attempts to contact the occupants.

When attempts at contact were unsuccessful, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, and Page County Sheriff’s Deputies formed an entry team and conducted a tactical entry into the home. Once inside, law enforcement discovered 68 year old Karen K. McCoy and Frank McCoy dead. Autopsies were scheduled for today (Thursday), at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny.

The deaths remain under investigation by officials with Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Page County Sheriff’s Office, Page County Attorney and the Clarinda Police Department.