Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger
– Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger released a statement on
Wednesday, saying that two people found dead in a northeast Jamestown
residence on Sunday were victims of a murder-suicide.
said in his press release that 26-year-old Cherish Ranae Petersen
died from a single gunshot wound to the back of the head. The other
occupant of the home, 33-year-old Casey Gene Jensen, died of an
apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
police chief said a Winchester rifle and two shell casings were
recovered from the home at 1906 4th Street Northeast.
two were in a domestic relationship and a 3-month old baby was
removed from the home by officers and taken to Jamestown Regional
Medical Center, where it was treated for dehydration and turned over
to family members.
said the fathers of the deceased discovered the bodies. And while
police were called to the home at 5:49 p.m. Sunday, August 6, the
medical examiner determined that the deaths could have occurred in
the late evening of August 4 or the early morning of August 5.
Police and Stutsman County Sheriff personnel conducted the
investigation with assistance from the North Dakota Bureau of
Earlier, we had reported:
Police Chief Scott Edinger has identified two people found dead in a
home in northeast Jamestown on Sunday.
Edinger said Monday afternoon that 33-year-old Casey Gene Jensen
and Cherish Renae Petersen, died in an incident at a home located at
1906 4th Street Northeast. Edinger gave Petersen's age as
36, an entry on the website for the Eddy Funeral Home lists her age
Edinger said someone discovered the bodies of Jensen and Petersen
and called police at 5:49 p.m. Sunday. Officers also found a
3-month-old child in the home. The child was unharmed. It was
placed into protective custody and then turned over to family
members, according to the police chief.
Earlier, Edinger said officers had recovered a weapon from the scene. He emphasized on Monday afternoon that investigators were still working to piece together the exact series of events
Edinger said autopsies are being performed in an attempt to
establish a timeline for the events leading up to the deaths.
Earlier he had said that investigators did not believe there was any
threat to the public.
Jamestown Police are being assisted in the investigation by the
Stutsman County Sheriff's Department and the North Dakota Bureau of
We had earlier reported:
JAMESTOWN - Authorities are investigating the discovery of two bodies in Jamestown. Police Chief Scott Edinger tells the Associated Press that a weapon was recovered at the site.
Edinger confirms the bodies of a man and a woman were found at 1906 4th Street Northeast at 5:49 p.m. Sunday. Edinger also confirms that a three-month old child was removed from the home. He says the child was found unharmed and turned over to family members.
Chief Edinger says there is no threat to the general public.
Edinger declined to say what led to the discovery of the bodies other than to say police were contacted by a third party. He also declined to provide any names because relatives are still being notified of the deaths.
Jamestown Police are being assisted in the investigation by the Stutsman County Sheriff's Department and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.