Senior married couple dead in Aurora murder-suicide

Steve Chapman

The house where John Proudfoot lived with his wife, Lowona. The couple was found dead inside following an apparent murder-suicide last week. (Photo by Steve Chapman)

Husband tells neighbor to call 911; 3 minutes after call, couple found dead inside
Officers with the Aurora-Marionville Police Department found two dead individuals in an Aurora residence after being called to a house at the 1600 block of Oak Drive on Tuesday, June 14.
According to, a press release from the department, John Proudfoot, 74, and his wife, Lowona Kay Madore-Proudfoot, 67, were found deceased in the home.
Per the release, John called a neighbor and asked them to call 911 and have help sent to the home. That neighbor called 911.
Members of the AMPD arrived at the house within three minutes after being called, and upon entry, found both the bodies of John and Lowona on the couch together. Both appeared to have been shot. A preliminary investigation by AMPD detectives indicated that John shot Lowona with a .38 revolver and then turned the gun on himself.
The bodies were turned over to Scott Lakin, Lawrence County coroner, for autopsy. Wes Coatney, chief of the AMPD, said the department was investigating the incident while waiting on the results of the autopsy.
"The autopsies on both were conducted last week,” he said. “Therefore, the investigation will be closed soon after receiving the report from the medical examiner, which could take several weeks.”
Coatney also said that during the investigation, the detectives removed “forensic swabs (for gunshot residue), documents (and) other firearms in the home for safekeeping.” He said that no communications indicated a cause for John Proudfoot’s alleged actions, nor was there any history of violence in their home.
Additionally, Coatney expressed his gratitude to the family members of the deceased who he said have been very cooperative during the investigation. He also urged anyone who was considering taking their own lives or the lives of others to seek out help instead.
“The Aurora and Marionville Police Department has worked closely with the family connected to this horrific tragedy,” he said. “We want to express our appreciation for how helpful they have been during our investigation given the circumstances. We want to remind everyone that if you or a family member are having thoughts of taking your own life or the life of others, that there is help for you and calling us could avoid a tragic event like this. There is always another option, and we have professionals in our community that will help. Our heartfelt condolences are with the family during this horrible time in their lives.”


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