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Published On: Thu, Oct 26th, 2017

Kansas: police identify Penny Nelson, James Chavez in double murder suicide, killed by Harlan Gleason

The three people involved in an apparent double murder-suicide Wednesday just northeast of Topeka at a Jefferson County residence have been identified.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig said Thursday in a news release that Jefferson County E911 received a medical call of an unconscious female about 2:50 p.m. Wednesday at 3222 Detlor Road in rural Grantville.

Jefferson County EMS and Kaw Township first responders found two unresponsive bodies at the location, backed out of the home and called law enforcement.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol responded to find the two victims and a suspect located at the residence with fatal gunshot wounds.

The victims were identified as Penny J. Nelson, 64, and James V. Chavez, 61. Herrig said Nelson owned the residence and was sister of the suspect, Harlan T. Gleason, 66. Gleason was found with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Chavez was a neighbor and was visiting the residence, Herrig said.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Jefferson County detectives are investigating the case.

Crime Scene Tape photo/edited pic from FBI.gov

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