Woman, 2 daughters found dead in apparent murder-suicide in Joliet

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Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide of a woman and her two 6-year-old daughters who were found dead Monday afternoon inside a southwest suburban Joliet home.

Officers responded at 3:08 p.m. to a death investigation at a home in the 400 block of North Reed Street, according to a statement from Joliet police. When officers arrived they were met by a family member who directed them inside the home and to the bodies of a woman and two small children.

The woman, 41-year-old Celisa Henning, and her two daughters, Makayla and Addison Henning, were all pronounced dead at the scene at 6:36 p.m., the Will County coroner’s office said. Autopsies were scheduled for Tuesday.

The incident is being investigated as a double murder-suicide, authorities said.

“This is an ongoing investigation into a very tragic incident and at this time we are not prepared to comment on the cause of death or identities of those involved,” Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton said in the statement.

Mayor Bob O’Dekirk stated, “I’d like to extend my condolences to the family and friends.”


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