Oak Park

Husband and Wife Found Dead Under ‘Suspicious Circumstances' in Oak Park Home

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Authorities say a husband and wife were found dead under "suspicious circumstances" Monday night inside a home in west suburban Oak Park.

At around 7:30 p.m., Oak Park police officers were called to a home in the 500 block of Fair Oaks Avenue for a welfare check, Village of Oak Park spokesman David Powers said in a statement. Officers found two people dead inside the home, officials said.

"Preliminary information gathered at the scene indicates suspicious circumstances," Powers said. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office could not immediately confirm the fatalities and further details were not available.

The pair were identified as Thomas E. Johnson, 70, and Leslie Ann Jones, 67, "both of whom are known in the community and beyond," Oak Park Police Chief LaDon Reynolds said in a statement.

The West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force was brought into the investigation, Oak Park officials said.

“It may be difficult understand why we cannot provide more information right now. But the number one priority at this time must be ensuring the integrity and thoroughness of the investigation," Reynolds said.

Police were still on the scene Tuesday afternoon as the investigation remained ongoing. Though authorities said no information suggests there is a risk to the neighborhood or community, "in an abundance of caution police patrols and visibility have been increased in the area."

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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