Officials Investigate Auxvasse Deaths
Sat, 03 Sep 2011 03:25:00 GMT —
Update: Thursday, September 8th at 9:50 a.m.: The funerals for the Callaway County father and daughter killed last week will be held Thursday.The Callaway County Sheriff's Department said 56-year-old Mike Wieberg and 33-year-old Amanda Wieberg were found dead on Friday. Their bodies were found in the burned debris of Mike's mobile home. Sheriff's Deputies said the fire was probably started to cover up evidence of their deaths. An autopsy showed the two died before the fire. The Meyers Funeral Home in Wellsville is handling the arrangements. The funerals are at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Martinsburg where both Mike and Amanda were members. Earlier this week, Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane said a task force had been created to investigate the double homicide. Update: September 3 at 5:10 p.m.:
Callaway County officials continue to investigate what has become a double homicide.
Just before 5 Friday morning a call came into the Callaway County Emergency Operation Center about a residential fire on County Road 1027.
After firefighters put out the blaze they discovered the body of a man.
Officials believe it's the homeowner, 56-year-old Mike Wieberg.
Soon after investigators learned the Wieberg's daughter, Amanda Wieberg, might have also been inside the home.
The sheriff's office issued a missing persons report and later found her van in Audrain County.
But as investigators sifted through debris around 7 p.m. Friday night they found a body.
And all indications led them to believe it was the body of 33-year old Amanda.
Callaway County Sheriff, Dennis Crane, said they consider it a double homicide.
He said he believes Mike and Amanda were already dead when the fire began since neither of the bodies showed signs of smoke inhalation and both had signs of bodily injury.
"We think the fire itself was probably to cover up the homicides, to destroy evidence," Crane said.
Until the results from an autopsy come back officials won TMt be able to positively identify the victims but the sheriff says everything points to Mike and Amanda.
No family members have seen or heard from them since this date, we know their cell phones have not been active, Crane said. With the fire causing as much damage as it did we won TMt have a positive id but the presumption at this time is that we're moving forward thinking it's them."
Investigators are talking to friends and family to learn as much about the victims as possible.
"We just know historically that a lot of times victims of homicides are known to the perpetrator or vice versa," crane said.
Friday night officers patrolled the area around Wieberg's home to make sure the area was secure and questioned drivers as they passed through.
Amanda's van was impounded and processed Saturday and police are hoping to gather more information from it about the murders.
Update: Saturday, Sept. 3 at 12:15 p.m.:
The Callaway County Sheriff confirmed a woman's body also was found in the burnt house. He believes she is the daughter of the man found dead Friday in the Auxvasse home.
The sheriff said a preliminary findings indicate found they were killed before the fire, but the investigation continues.
Officials in Callaway County are investigating a homicide after a man's body was found inside his burnt home, on County Road 1027 in Auxvasse.
They are now looking for Amanda Wieberg, also known as Amanda Collet. Police believe she was at the home sometime Thursday night. Wieberg was driving a maroon Dodge van, but abandoned it in Audrain County. She is 5'6", 165lbs. with short brown hair and numerous tattoos.
Police were unavailable for comment on the identity of the dead man, or why they suspect foul play.