The Kane County Coroner’s Office today (Monday, Dec. 28, 2020) released the preliminary cause of death as well as the names of a man and woman involved in what the Aurora Police Department is describing as an apparent Tuesday (Dec. 22, 2020) murder-suicide on the city’s west side.
According to a Coroner’s Office news release, the decedents were Sharon Bell, 69, and Lee E. Bell, 67, of the 1800 block of Sapphire Lane in Aurora.
Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said an autopsy took place on Wednesday, Dec. 23, and the preliminary cause of death is consistent with gunshot wounds.
According to an Aurora Police Department news release, officers responded just after 3 p.m. Tuesday to a request to check the welfare of two subjects at a single-family residence on Sapphire Lane. The caller told the telecommunication center that the residents had not picked up their newspapers in several days.
Based on what they observed at the residence, officers forced entry with the assistance of the Aurora Fire Department. When officers entered the residence, they found Sharon and Lee Bell deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.
Detectives from the Aurora Police Department’s Bureau of Investigations are investigating, but preliminarily information leads them to believe that this a domestic-related incident.
If you have any information, please call the Aurora Police Department’s Investigations Division at 630-256-5500. You can also call the Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at 630-892-1000 to report information regarding the incident anonymously.
SOURCE: Kane County Coroner’s Office and Aurora Police Department news releases