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Woman found dead in Muscatine County identified; Husband found dead in Florida

Christine Briegel, 74, was found murdered in a home along the 3700 block of Midway Beach Road in Muscatine on Monday, according to the sheriff's office.

MUSCATINE COUNTY, Iowa — A victim of a murder has been identified as the wife of the suspect after Florida police gave a tip to the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office on Monday, Aug. 15.

Just after 9 a.m. on Monday, dispatchers received a call from Florida's North Palm Beach Police Department, who said that they were tipped off to a potential murder that had taken place at a home in rural Muscatine County near Montpelier.

The sheriff's office reported on Tuesday, Aug. 16,  that deputies found Christine A. Briegel, 74, murdered in a home along the 3700 block of Midway Beach Road in Muscatine.

An autopsy for Christine was scheduled at the University of Iowa for Tuesday. 

The Muscatine County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect as Donald R. Briegel, 79. North Palm Beach police found him dead at a residence in their jurisdiction, according to the sheriff's office.

The pair traveled between residences in Iowa, Tennessee and Florida. Based on the details from both law enforcement agencies, the incident is being investigated as a murder-suicide. 

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