Sheriff: 3 adults found dead at Racine County home

Sheriff: 3 adults found dead at Racine County home

UPDATED: 01/26/2021 09:35 AM

RACINE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) --Racine County deputies located the bodies of three adults while responding to a welfare check in the village of Rochester Friday, Jan. 22.

Racine County Sheriff's Office recently have identified the three adults who died as Terence Vinz, 65, Debra Meagher, 62, and Matthew Vinz, 30.  Deputies were informed by the relative that three adults resided in the home -- a mother, father and 30-year-old son.

Vinz and Meagher were found in the garage and Vinz was located in the basement of the home. 

Officials responded to a home near the Rochester Public Library around 9:06 a.m. for a welfare check requested by a relative out of state.

Shortly after entering the home, deputies heard a gunshot ring out in close proximity.

Authorities say Vinz and Meagher appeared to have been deceased for a significant amount of time.

The sheriff said Vinz, who was found dead in the basement of the home, appeared to be a recent, self-inflicted gunshot wound.

There is no further information at this time. This story will be updated with the latest. 


PUBLISHED: 01/22/2021 01:41 PM

RACINE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) --Racine County deputies located the bodies of three adults while responding to a welfare check in the village of Rochester Friday, Jan. 22.

Officials responded to a home near the Rochester Public Library around 9:06 a.m. for a welfare check requested by a relative out of state.

Deputies were informed by the relative that three adults resided in the home -- a mother, father and 30-year-old son.

Shortly after entering the home, deputies heard a gunshot ring out in close proximity.

An adult male and female were found deceased and concealed in the garage. Authorities say they appear to have been deceased for a significant amount of time.

An adult male was also found deceased in the basement with what the sheriff said appeared to be a recent, self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling says he's confident that there is no present threat to the community. He said he believes the person responsible is the adult located in the basement.  

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