A southern Missouri man apparently killed himself on the same day his wife and son were beaten and stabbed to death, authorities said.


A southern Missouri man apparently killed himself on the same day his wife and son were beaten and stabbed to death, authorities said.

The Lebanon Daily Record reported that authorities were looking for Todd Johnson as a suspect in the deaths of 30-year-old Sheila Johnson and 11-year-old Blake Johnson when his body was found Friday afternoon in a car at the bottom of a quarry.

Autopsies were conducted Saturday. Laclede County Sheriff Richard Wrinkle said homicide hasn’t been ruled out in Todd Johnson’s death, but he suspects Johnson shot himself before his car crashed into the water-filled quarry.

The last anyone heard from Johnson was an e-mail the Sonic manager apparently sent to his brother after 5 a.m. Friday.

‘‘’I’m in trouble, take care of the kids, here’s where my insurance and financial records are,’’’ Wrinkle said in describing the content of the e-mail. ‘‘He named them — ’Take care of Blake and Brice’ — and Blake had been dead for several hours.’’

His brother, who is on vacation out of the country, didn’t retrieve the e-mail until after 7 a.m., Wrinkle said. When he did, he called a friend in Rogersville who works at a Sonic restaurant.

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