DANVILLE — Vermilion County sheriff investigators believe the suspect in the murder of a 40-year-old Danville-area woman has been found dead in Indiana.
Capt. Rod Kaag with the sheriff's department said investigators believe the suspect in the shooting death of Jamie L. Sternberger died in Indiana by taking his own life.
Kaag said Ms. Sternberger's vehicle was found at the scene of the suspect's death, according to Kaag, who said that piece of evidence and other evidence found with the suspect's body in Indiana lead investigators to believe he is their sole suspect in Ms. Sternberger's murder and took his own life.
Vermilion County sheriff's deputies were called at 8:56 p.m. Sunday to Ms. Sternberger's mobile home on Greenwood Cemetery Road, where she was found fatally shot.
Greenwood Cemetery Road is in a rural area of Vermilion County south of Danville. Ms. Sternberger worked at the UPS Store at 2830 N. Vermilion St. in Danville.
Kaag would not disclose any additional details of the ongoing two-state investigation.
However, Chief Deputy Bill Todd with the Parke County, Ind., Sheriff’s Office said his department is working through its official identification confirmation process, but they believe that it was the body of Michael Penrose, 43, that was found at 5:38 p.m. Sunday at an undisclosed location in Parke County, Ind.
Todd said they believe Mr. Penrose was the victim of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. He said they have linked Mr. Penrose to a rural address near Rockville, Ind., but believe he had been living temporarily with Ms. Sternberger for the last six months at her mobile home.