FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Springfield police were dispatched to a “check the well-being” call at 1:54 p.m. on Dec. 12. The original caller did not know the location of the incident but said a female subject was being assaulted and a possible gunshot was heard. Officers immediately began searching for the location of the female, and the investigation led them to 1907 N. Douglas. After attempting to make contact with subjects who were believed to be inside an RV parked on the property, officers discovered two deceased individuals inside. Both individuals appeared to have injuries consistent with gunshot wounds.
The deceased individuals were identified as Cynthia K. Rudolph, 58, and Phillip Rice, 62, both of Springfield. Next-of-kin notifications have been made. This case appears to be a murder-suicide, but this is unconfirmed until the investigation is complete. At this time, investigators do not believe there is a suspect at large and feel there is no danger to the community.
Detectives continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-8477.
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Case number: 17-55102
Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
Release authorized by: Lt. Culley Wilson