Death investigation turns up murder/suicide in Lafayette County

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

On Monday, June 24, at approximately 9:45 a.m., Lafayette County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 3800 block of Linn Road in rural Bates City for a death investigation.

Arriving deputies located the body of Robin Hicklin, 52, on the main level of the residence. Robin appeared to be the victim of an assault. While clearing the residence, deputies located another body in the basement of the residence. This body was identified as John Hicklin, 49. John’s death was determined to be a suicide.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office and Lafayette County Coroner Dr. Ram Chandra, through a thorough investigation, concluded the deaths were a result of a murder/suicide. Robin’s body was transported to the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy. John’s body was released to the family.

John and Robin Hicklin were married and were residing in the same home.

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