Police: Dyer deaths appear to be murder-suicide
By Christin Nance Lazerus firstname.lastname@example.org July 31, 2012 11:10AM
Updated: July 31, 2012 6:16PM
Police found a Dyer couple dead in their home Monday afternoon due to a possible murder-suicide.
Rhonda Neher, 45, was stabbed in the upper left chest area, and her husband Larry Neher, 58, shot himself in the right side of the face, according to investigators from the Lake County Coroner’s Office. Both bodies were found in the kitchen of the home in the 2500 block of Sycamore Drive.
Dyer Police Sgt. Don Foley said the possibility that Larry Neher stabbed his wife before shooting himself is one of the theories that police are investigating.
“We have no indication that any other persons were involved except those inside the house,” Foley said. “We’ve gotten a lot of calls thinking that someone dangerous is out on the loose, but we believe this is an isolated incident.”
Foley said that there was no sign of forced entry into the home. He said that Larry Neher did not leave a suicide note, but he declined to comment further about the state of the crime scene. Foley said that police don’t know if either person was suffering from a medical condition.
Police found the bodies when they responded to a request for a welfare check on the homeowners at 12:42 p.m. Foley said that a family member hadn’t spoken to the Nehers in a few days, but had tried to contact them by phone several times Monday before calling police.
The Nehers had a dog, who is being looked after by a neighbor, Foley said.