Lawrence County, Mo. - (11/14/17)

Lawrence County investigators have ruled the death of two people in Pierce City a murder/suicide.

An autopsy was completed on Kaydee Moerer, 10, and her mother Sara Spears, 40.

The cause of death for Kaydee was a single gunshot to the back of the head. The cause of death for Sara was a single gunshot to her forehead.

A recap of the incident follows:

On Monday November 13, 2017 the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office received a call for a well being check at Spears residence to assist the Division of Family Services.  There were no Deputies in the immediate area so mutual aid was requested from the Pierce City Police Department.

Chief Abramovitz with PCPD responded to the scene to assist DFS until Deputies could arrive.  Based on information that was obtained previously and at the scene, Chief Abramovitz  made entry into the residence where the two bodies were discovered.  After discovering the bodies, he was able to secure the scene until deputies arrived.

Upon arrival Chief Abromovitz advised the deputies what he had found and deputies made entry into the residence to begin the investigation.  The bodies were identified as 40 year old Sara Spears and her daughter 10 year old Kaydee Moerer.  They were released to the Lawrence County Coroner for autopsy. 

On Tuesday November 14, 2017 the autopsy was conducted and the cause of death was determined.

The investigation is continuing to determine how much time had elapsed since someone last had contact with Spears or Moerer.

(Edited News Release)