Autopsy: blunt trauma cause of death of Clinton Twp. couple

UPDATE: $25,000 reward offered

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published January 18, 2016 | Updated January 19, 2016 2:54pm


CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Police Department is currently investigating the deaths of a local couple.

James and Christy McKeogh, who were married 20 years, were found dead in their home in the 15000 block of Uthers Street — just off Hayes Road — on the afternoon of Jan. 15 due to blunt force trauma.

Clinton Township Capt. Richard Maierle said Christy McKeogh’s brother — who co-owned a manufacturing company in Shelby Township with her and another individual — found the couple around 1:30 p.m. that day.

Maierle said efforts to contact the couple since early Thursday evening were unsuccessful. The brother visited the couple’s home when Christy McKeogh didn’t show up for work the following Friday.

According to police, Christy’s body was found in the living room and James’ body was found in the garage. Maierle said there was blood on their bodies.

Police looked into murder-suicide as a possibility, but an autopsy conducted shortly after the incident led authorities to deem it as a double homicide.

“We didn’t know at first,” Maierle said. “There was no weapon on (James McKeogh) and the matter of death was blunt force trauma, so that told us it was a double homicide.”

Maierle said no guns were found at the scene, but since the investigation is ongoing he did not want to get into evidence.

Major crime evidence technicians were at the home throughout the weekend and continued their investigation Monday.

James McKeogh also worked at a manufacturing company.

A $25,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed James and Christy McKeogh.

Anyone with information can call the Clinton Township Police Detective Bureau at (586) 493-7840. If they wish to remain anonymous they can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP.