Police release names in Kimberly murder-suicide

Published: Jul. 6, 2018 at 2:37 PM MDT
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On Friday, police released the names of those involved in an apparent murder-suicide in Kimberly.

The Kimberly-Hansen Police Department went to a mobile home Thursday afternoon in the Friendly Village Mobile Home Park for a welfare check.

At the residence, police found the bodies of Lora Skeahan, 48, and Paul Mueller, 65. Both had died of gunshot wounds. Police believe Mueller shot Skeahan and then himself.

The police department says this was an isolated incident and there is no danger to the public.

At the end of May, police also responded to Skeahan’s house for a report of domestic violence, according to court documents.

The reporting party stated the couple had been fighting all night long and when authorities arrived, they found fresh blood on her shirt, also noticing Skeahan holding her wrist in pain.

She went to St. Luke’s Magic Valley and was treated for broken wrists. According to the probable cause affidavit, she said he pushed her down and she fell, and tried to catch herself.

Skeahan said they had been together for about 11 months.

Mueller was charged for felony domestic battery.

"There's been violence in that home for as long as they have lived there," said Judy Myers, a neighbor to Skeahan.

She said they moved in last December.

"Its a very quiet community, and it's shocking. Domestic violence is shocking," she said emotionally.

Myer said she never spoke to Mueller, but talked to Skeahan occasionally.

"We would exchange 'good morning' and 'how are you', but then she needed something done on her house last week, and we went over to help her do that," she continued. "She knew we were here for her. She knew we were here for her."

Following that incident in May, in mid-June, authorities responded to Skeahan’s residence again. She told authorities that Mueller had been trying to contact her after she filed a restraining order.

"He should've been in jail, this guy. For what he did to her," said Evan Petersen, another neighbor.

He said she was a nice person.

"She really affected all of us a lot," he paused. "Because of her sweetness."

After finding out what happened, Petersen said he was in big shock.

"I went to my room and was praying to Jesus. I began to cry, for five to 10 minutes, weeping and crying," he said. "I haven't done that for a long time, but I was emotionally disturbed for a while."

Petersen said that he's never had anything like that happened close to him, or around him.

"It'll be bother me for the rest of my life," he said.

Myers said "never in a million years" did she think this would happen.

"If you know somebody that needs out of a violent situation, help them get out," she said.

If you think you need help, visit the

or Twin Falls' local

. Voices Against Violence's 24 hour phone number is 208-733-0100


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