Allison Abitz and her daughter Jozee Abit were found dead Sunday night when family members could not contact them. Authorities in central Missouri are investigating the incident.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office said Allison and her daughter Jozee are believed to be the victims of homicide.
Allison was 43 and Jozee was 11 years old.
According to Missouri officials, a concerned family member led deputies Sunday to a mother, and her 11-year-old daughter found dead inside their home.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office has since started a homicide investigation into the deaths of 43-year-old Allison and her daughter, Abitz.
Investigators have not revealed a cause of death or explained why they believe the Abitzes were murdered.
“I can’t say how it was determined these were homicides, but I can say it was due to evidence found at the scene,” Sheriff’s Office Capt. Brian Lear told the News-Tribune.
The News-Tribune said that Abbitz was a second-grade teacher in the Fulton Public School system.
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“Principals are making personal phone calls to certain parents that have kids who had relationships with either Ms Abitz or her daughter,” said schools Superintendent Ty Crain.
It’s not clear if detectives have any suspects, but the sheriff’s office said no arrests had been made.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were sent to the home just south of Columbia late Sunday night when a concerned family member reported being unable to get ahold of them. When deputies arrived, they found the mom and daughter dead inside the home.
The sheriff’s office — which said the duo are believed to be homicide victims — has not disclosed any further details about the deaths.
“The investigation into the deaths of Allison and Jozee is ongoing, and no suspects have been arrested or charged in relation to their deaths,” the sheriff’s office said.