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MURPHYSBORO — Two people were found dead in a rural Murphysboro home early Monday morning, and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office is investigating their deaths as "suspicious."

Investigators identified the two as Burl E. Ritcheson, 65, and Brenda K. Ritcheson, 66, both of Murphysboro; Jackson County Coroner Dr. Thomas Kupferer identified the two as husband and wife.

The case is being investigated as a suspicious death by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Jackson County Coroner.  An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Dr. Kupferer would not say if the public should be on alert as a result of this investigation.

Investigators were called to the home shortly after midnight on Monday after a 911 call reported two people possibly deceased at the location, according to the release.

Dr. Kupferer would not disclose who made the 911 call to report the couple's bodies.

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