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Family Members In Murder-Suicide Killed By Shots To The Face: Coroner

Autopsies on the Andrus family were completed Wednesday, officials said. Here are the latest details on this case.

The scene outside 555 Oldfield Road on Tuesday. (Credit: Patch.)
The scene outside 555 Oldfield Road on Tuesday. (Credit: Patch.)

The four family members found dead Tuesday in an unincorporated Downers Grove home died from gunshot wounds to the face in a murder-suicide, officials confirmed.

The family was identified Wednesday as Jeana Andrus, 48, Jessica Andrus, 22, Jennifer Andrus, 16, and David Andrus, 50, the DuPage County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Their autopsies were completed Wednesday.

The three female deaths in the family home were ruled homicides, and the male death was ruled a suicide, the DuPage County Sheriff's Office said. The daughters were shot at close range, and the man fired a gun into his own mouth, DuPage County Coroner Richard Jorgensen told the Daily Herald.

The Andrus family deaths occurred at about 3:30 p.m. June 11 at their home, according to the Sheriff's Office. Sources in the Chicago Tribune and the Daily Herald suggest the father is the shooter but neither Jorgensen nor the Sheriff's Office have directly confirmed this, citing an open case.

"Sheriff Detectives believe that all individuals involved in this incident have been identified," the release said. "This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time."

Sources previously said that the deaths were being investigated as a man shooting three family members to death before committing suicide. 

The Chicago Tribune quotes a source saying that David Andrus shot his wife Jeana in the basement before going upstairs to shoot his daughters and himself; another source is quoted saying that Andrus had recently lost his job in Willowbrook.

In a release, the DuPage County Coroner originally said that "it appears the [four] bodies received gunshot wounds" and that autopsies were being performed on Wednesday.

The Andrus family lives near the Tara Hill subdivision, and their house is just 100 yards from the site of the March 2010 triple-murder of the Kramer family. The highly public trial of the man who arranged it ended last month in a conviction.

Additionally, the Andrus surname is prominent in Darien history. According to the City of Darien website, in 1835, Thomas Andrus and his family were among the first settlers in Darien and operated the Andrus Inn. A street near the Andrus' house is called Andrus Road. (A neighbor, Kelly Glisan, told the Tribune that the Andruses were "an old-time, multi-generational family.")

According to the Daily Herald and WGN, the bodies were found in the brown house when police responded at 3:30 p.m. to a report of a disturbance.

Police blocked off Oldfield Road between Andrus and Robert Roads Tuesday afternoon, and it was still closed at 11 p.m. Tuesday when news vans and reporters began to disperse from the scene. Residents approached the area in cars and on foot throughout the day to see what was going on.

Some police or SWAT team officers in full gear were staged during the initial Tuesday afternoon call on Jennifer Mazzei's street, which is directly north of the property where the deaths occurred.

"They were coming back and getting their weapons and everything, so we knew something was up," Mazzei said. "It was scary here for awhile."

Patch Crime Editor Charles Menchaca contributed to this report.

Just a Guy June 13, 2013 at 11:16 AM
Sad that this coward just didnt kill himself and leave his family to live the rest of their lives..Nothing anyone can say can change the fact that he had a choice and ended up a coward...
Lucy June 13, 2013 at 12:51 PM
What could be so bad that you would have it in you to do this to your own family? I know he may have lost his job but that isn't the end of the world. Shooting your own children in the face seems more like anger than desperation. How does a normal, nice guy turn into a monster? No one knows what goes on behind closed doors but this man was beyond disturbed.
His Mommy June 13, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Their best friends , Jen's boyfriend, many many kids who called Jeana Mom are seeing EVERYTHING you are choosing to post/write!!!!!!!!!! Please get rid of the gory details and just focus on the 3 wonderful people who were taken too soon from this world and from those who love them. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!
Christopher E. Fitts June 14, 2013 at 02:20 AM
there are many words to describe david, but disturbed is not one of them. he was the nicest man and he always greeted friends with a smile. its tragic that the entire family had to be a part of this but now they are in a better place. and i agree with the comment above, the details need to be dialed down seeing as her friends and co-workers are reading this and having a hard enough time dealing with the situation.
Just a Guy June 15, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Im sorry ...but they were murdered by a DISTURBED man... Psycho, Murderer, Killer and COWARD come to mind also...who would kill their own children...Disturbed was putting it mildly... That man has a date with the devil... Better place...Ha!...there was plenty of time for them to go there...This just infuriates the hell out of me... Sorry if I dont feel that he sent his family to a better place.... Guy was a disturbed Coward to say the very least....And If I were his extented family or friend..I would feel the same way...John Wanye Gacy was nice to people and always greeted friends and family with a smile too...

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