No arrests made yet in Springfield triple killing - KMOV.com

No arrests made yet in Springfield triple killing

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Autopsies were performed Sunday on the victims of a triple homicide at a pay-by-the week Springfield motel as the investigation into what happened continues.

Springfield police Lt. Culley Wilson said no arrests had been made more than a day after officers were summoned to the Economy Inn. Three people were pronounced dead Saturday at the scene, and a fourth person was hospitalized Sunday in critical but stable condition.

Wilson said all the victims were adults, but police won't release their names, ages or genders until their families are notified. He said authorities have been interviewing witnesses and trying to determine how the victims knew each other. He said authorities suspect that the victims had been in the motel room for longer than a day. There is no evidence that children were staying in the room.

Officers were called to the motel around 7:50 a.m. Saturday, although Wilson said it was possible the killings happened earlier.

Authorities suspect that the victims were shot with a handgun, but the weapon hasn't been uncovered yet, Wilson said. Police are urging anyone with information, no matter how minor it may seem, to come forward, Wilson said.

"There is a concern that the suspect is out there," Wilson said. "We are trying to develop who he or she is at this point."

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