CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The sons of a Sunset Hills man accused of murdering his wife have filed a lawsuit against their father.
Sixty-year-old John K. McLaughlin is accused of second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Linda McLaughlin, who disappeared on June 1, 2015. Her remains were later found in the Mark Twain National Forest.
Court documents state that McLaughlin and her husband were present at the family business in Fenton around 7:30 p.m. June 1, 2015. Authorities said the husband drove his truck to the family farm in Gerald, arriving around 1:30 a.m. June 2. He then reportedly left the farm around 7:30 a.m. and drove to a remote area in southwest Missouri and parked his truck before returning to the family farm around 1:30 p.m.
McLaughlin’s bracelet and blood were found in a structure on the family farm, police said. Her body was reportedly found roughly 20-yards from where her husband parked his truck on June 2.
The couple’s two sons, Christopher and John C. McLaughlin, filed the wrongful death lawsuit with the St. Louis County Circuit Court on May 31. In the lawsuit, the sons claim their father “negligently and carelessly caused the death” of their mother.
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