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Friday, December 11, 2015

Kuehni officially charged with Bailey homicide

ELLSWORTH - Rose Marie Kuehni, 44, Prescott, was officially charged with the homicide of Douglas J. Bailey this afternoon in Pierce County Criminal Court.

Kuehni was charged with first degree intentional homicide and felony hiding a corpse. She is employed as a faculty member of the University of Minnesota Continuing Education course in Construction Management.

Kuehni was arrested back on Dec. 8 at 1:24 a.m. as a person of interest after the Bailey's body had been discovered in a box off a rural highway in Bell County, Kentucky on the same day.

Police reports state Kuehni admitted to killing Bailey at a home on Ash. St. in Prescott, then having a person transport the body to Kentucky where it was hidden. 

Bailey was reported missing on Nov. 30 to the Peoria County, Ill. Sheriff's Department. After questioning Kuehni and after conducting a search a week ago of the area in west-central Illinois she had told investigators she dropped him off at after a fight while driving to his sister's home in Peoria, investigators were unable to find him. They then traveled to Prescott on Dec. 7 to work with the Prescott PD and Pierce County Sheriff's Department to investigate Bailey's disappearance which to Kuehni's eventual arrest.

Other persons have been questioned in Kentucky and Georgia and law enforcement authorities in five states, including Tennessee have been involved in the investigation.

The Kentucky Medical Examiner's office conducted an autopsy Wednesday and the Bell County Coroner's office are conducting their own investigation of Bailey's death as well.

The case has been scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Pierce County Courthouse in Ellsworth.

Keep reading the Prescott Journal's website for more updates in the case and read next week's Prescott Journal on newsstand's next Wednesday for more on the story.

Rose Marie Kuehni

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