An “outstanding” Missouri teacher and her 11-year-old daughter were killed in an apparent homicide in their home — and no suspects have been nabbed in the case, authorities said.
Allison Abitz, 43, who taught second grade at Bush Elementary in Fulton, and her daughter, Jozee Abitz, were found dead Sunday night in their home just south of Columbia, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies discovered the bodies after a concerned relative contacted authorities.
“I can’t say how it was determined these were homicides, but I can say it was due to evidence found at the scene,” Capt. Brian Lear told the Jefferson City News Tribune.
“Because this is an active investigation, we have to be careful in what information we release,” Lear told the newspaper. “I can tell you the area where this occurred is a very nice area. This is just a very sad situation.”
Police are asking anyone with any information about the case to come forward.
“Hopefully there are people out there that have information that could help us with this case because we want to see justice done for the family of these victims,” Lear said.
Loved ones paid tribute to the mother-daughter duo Monday in the wake of their deaths.
“[Allison] was an outstanding teacher,” Allison’s former professor, Linda Bradley, wrote on Facebook.
“Please pray for her family, friends, and students. Pray that the police will find answers to these needless deaths. May God bring answers, comfort and peace to all who knew this special mother and daughter.”