Sheriff calls Maywood deaths apparent murder-suicide

Posted: Dec. 31, 2012 2:45 pm Updated: Jan. 14, 2013 3:15 pm

By DOUG WILSONHerald-Whig Senior Writer

MAYWOOD, Mo. -- Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn said the deaths of a man and his wife southwest of Maywood are being investigated as a murder-suicide.

David E. Lavingon, 67, and Kathy Jo Lavingon, 59, were found by friends Sunday at their home at 560 Highway A.

The couple's bodies were found in the master bedroom of the residence with gunshot wounds to their chests. A handgun was found at the scene.

Shinn said a pathology report from Boone County indicates that David Lavingon "was the shooter."

"We have no motive at this time. We're digging into paperwork because it didn't make sense. There's no illnesses that we know of ... or other signs of problems," Shinn said.

Shinn said investigators learned from a Lavingon family member and family friends that the last communications from the Lavingons were the night of Dec. 25.

Neighbors who live only a short distance away said Monday morning that they didn't know deputies had been called to the Lavingon home and had conducted an investigation.

David Lavingon operated Golden Pond Appraisal Services. A sign at the edge of the Lavingon property identified it as Golden Pond. Shinn said David Lavingon also had been a banker at one time.

David Lavingon's funeral arrangements are being handled by Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home in Quincy. Kathy Lavingon's arrangements are being handled by a funeral home in Macomb, Ill.