The Vermilion County Coroner has released the names of the couple who died in a murder-suicide at an Oakwood truck stop. Both died from gunshot wounds, according to Coroner Peggy Johnson.
47-year old Ella Coffman, of Homer, and her estranged husband, 69-year-old Douglas Price of Urbana, are the victims.
Coffman was at work at the Pilot Truck Stop, just off I-74. It was just before 7:30 pm Wednesday when she went to her car during a break. That's when police say she was approached by Price. Officials say Price fired multiple shots into Coffman's car, killing her. Price then shot himself in the head.
No one else was hurt. The couple recently separated and filed for divorce.
Kankakee Police investigators responded to shots fired in an alley in the 500-block of S. Chicago Avenue Wednesday morning. No injuries reported. Police did recover spent-casings from a nine-millimeter and .40 caliber weapon.
Iroquois County political candidates address voters
A variety of questions were presented to several candidates seeking seats on the Iroquois County Board in next week's Illinois Primary Election.
A Candidates Forum in Crescent City Wednesday evening attracted an audience who listened to all but four candidates vying for seats. All four of the county board districts offer contested-races.
Meanwhile – Early Voting continues through next Monday. Area election offices offer extended early voting hours Saturday. Iroquois County hours Saturday at the County Clerk's Office are from 8:30 am 'til Noon.
Kankakee hours in the Clerk's office are Saturday 9 am to 4 pm. Also Sunday hours 10 am 'til 2 pm.
The polls will be open Tuesday, March 15, from 6 am 'til 7 pm.
Iroquois County Board candidates fielded questions including whether they favored night vs day meetings, a sales tax to boost revenues, long-terms goals toward county progress, size of the board, and thoughts on combatting flooding... to name a few.
No-shows at the event included incumbent Ernie Curtis of Gilman and Kathy Ebert, both from District 2; and Adam Zumwalt from District 4. Also absent was Democrat District 3 candidate Dustin Wells.
Those present to field questions from District 1 were Leanne Hofbauer-Duby, Michael McTaggart, Chad McGinnis and Brent Boehrnsen.
Representing District 2 were Barbara Offill, Ray Guttendorf and Gerald 'Jed" Whitlow. Whitlow is an incumbent.
District 3 candidates are Marvin Stichnoth, Derek Crouse, incumbent Charles Alt, Steve Homerding and Jonathon LaMie.
District 4 candidates were Dan Joyce (incumbent), Sherry Johnson, Kevin Coughenour and Kevin Bohlmann.
Un-contested county office-holders addressed the audience, including State's Attorney Jim Devine, Circuit Clerk Lisa Hines, and Coroner Bill Cheatum.
The forum was sponsored by the Iroquois County Republican Women's Club and the Gilman and Watseka Area Chambers of Commerce.
Vermilion County Sheriff's Police and the County Coroner's Office are investigating the deaths of two people in the parking lot of an Oakwood truck stop. Coroner Peggy Johnson says a male and a female were pronounced dead at the Pilot Truck Stop Wednesday night.
Johnson reports "it appears to be the result of a murder/suicide.'' The case is an ongoing investigation.
The identities of the victims have not been released.
Livingston County Coroner Michael Burke said the body found Tuesday in a Pontiac park is that of Lou Lowery. The Pontiac man was reporting missing in December. The body was discovered by a man practicing baseball in Jaycee Park.
The coroner said dental records were used to identify the body. The cause of death is pending.
Lowery's family reported him missing December 26.
Search and rescue teams conducted an extensive search of the area in December without results. Foul play was not suspected.