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Thursday, December 10, 2015

(Update) Prescott murder victim was last thought to be missing in Illinois

A missing Prescott man whose body turned up in Kentucky was originally thought to be missing in Illinois

The body  of Douglas Bailey, 51, Prescott, was found in box off a highway in Bell County, Kentucky Tuesday over an embankment. The box was reportedly sealed with duck tape.

Prescott PD took into custody Rose Marie Kuehni, 44 also of Prescott, as a person of interest in the case. As of this morning she was still in custody for on suspicion of second-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse but has not been charged with any crime. She was taken into custody at 1:24 a.m. on Tuesday.  According to the River Falls Journal, Kuehni is on the faculty of the construction management department of the University of Minnesota's College of Continuing Education. The couple's home was reportedly searched on Wednesday.

According to a story in the Peoria, Ill. Journal-Star, Bailey had been reported missing by his sister on Nov. 30 to the Peoria County Sheriff's office after Bailey and his wife Rose had not arrived to celebrate Thanksgiving.  The report stated Bailey and Rose got into an argument traveling on I-74 and he was reportedly dropped off in Edwards, a town in west-central Illinois in between Peoria and Galesburg as Rose drove back to Wisconsin. A search and rescue team searched the area last week where Bailey's cellphone was last used.

Peoria County, Ill. Sheriff's officials reportedly referred the case back to Wisconsin officials when they determined Bailey had not been murdered in Illinois and that their belief is Bailey had been murdered in Prescott and transported to Kentucky, according to news release from the sheriff's office.

As it turned out, Rose was actually Bailey's girlfriend Rose Marie Kuehni and it was suspicion about her story which triggered the multi-state investigation. Persons in Kentucky and Georgia have reportedly been questioned about the case.

An autopsy was done by the Kentucky Medical Examiner's office in Frankfort, Ken. Wednesday and results referred back to the Bell County, Ken., coroner's office for further investigation.

Continue to read the Prescott Journal's website at www.prescottjournal.net for more developments in the story.

Douglas Bailey - Photo from the Peoria Journal-Star website

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