Murder victim’s name released by Muscatine County Sheriff

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MUSCATINE, Iowa– Aug. 15, the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from the West Palm Beach, Florida, police about a possible homicide. The Sheriff’s Offices’ investigation revealed a deceased female at a residence in the 3700 block of Midway Beach Road in Muscatine County. Further investigation by the West Palm Beach Police in their jurisdiction revealed that the suspect in the homicide appeared to have committed suicide. The Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office released the identities of both the homicide victim and suspect.

The victim has been identified as Christine A. Briegel, age 74. Christine Briegel was found murdered at an address in the 3700 block of Midway Beach Road where deputies were called to perform a welfare check. An autopsy was schedule to be conducted at the University of Iowa on Aug. 16.

The suspect has been identified as Donald R. Briegel, age 79. Donald Briegel was found deceased by the North Palm Beach Police Department at a residence within their jurisdiction.

Donald and Christine Briegel were married and traveled between residences in Iowa, Tennessee, and Florida.

Based on details gathered by both law enforcement agencies, the incident is being investigated as a murder-suicide.

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