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A Jefferson County couple was found dead Wednesday morning (Jan. 6) in their home in the 11000 block of Argonne Road south of Festus in an apparent murder-suicide, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Officer reported.

Laurie Dothage, 44, and Scott Dothage, 51, were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds, and Scott Dothage was holding a gun, which investigators believed he used to shoot his wife and then himself, the report said.

One of the couple’s relatives contacted the Sheriff’s Office at 10 a.m. Wednesday after not hearing from either of the Dothages for several days. The relative let deputies inside the home, and they found the couple dead lying next to each other in a bedroom, according to the report.

No one else was hurt in the incident and there are no other suspects in the deaths, the Sheriff’s Office reported.