LAKE VILLA — A Lake Villa man and his 9-year-old daughter were found dead Feb. 4 in a home on Briar Ridge Lane in Lake Villa, police said. Authorities are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide.
About 2:15 p.m. Feb. 4, Lake Villa Police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Briar Ridge Lane, Lake Villa, to check on the well-being of a child, according to a news release.
Preliminary investigation shows the child’s mother and father had been living separately but shared custody of the girl. The child’s mother had agreed to allow the girl to stay with her father overnight. When the girl was not in attendance at school, the mother tried to call the father. After repeatedly not being able to reach the father, the mother called Lake Villa Police to conduct a well-being check.
Lake Villa officers entered the home and found the 9-year-old, Adrianna Anderson of Island Lake, and the girl’s father, 36-year-old Christopher Anderson of Lake Villa, dead, according to the release.
Based on the facts and circumstances obtained thus far, this is being investigated as a murder-suicide, according to the release. Preliminary information suggests the father took his daughter’s life before taking his own. Due to the nature of the incident, Lake Villa Police requested the assistance of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force.
At 3:05 p.m., the Lake County Coroner’s Office was notified and responded to the scene for the death investigations.
The child was pronounced dead at the scene. On Feb. 5, an autopsy was performed. The preliminary autopsy results indicate that Adrianna died as a result of sharp force trauma. Her father was also pronounced at the scene. On Feb. 5, an autopsy was performed. The preliminary autopsy results indicate that he also died as a result of sharp force trauma.
The investigation into both deaths is ongoing by the Lake County Coroner’s Office and the incident remains under investigation by members of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force and Lake Villa Police Department.
Lake Villa Police Chief Craig Somerville said, “This is an incredibly tragic set of circumstance and our deepest condolences go out to the family of the child. I want to reassure the Lake Villa community that there is no evidence to suggest there is a threat to the public.”
Source: The Daily Chronicle