LaGrange murder victims to be remembered

Update: Feb. 5, 2009 10:54 am--------------------------------------------------------------

We now know more about the victims in the tragic murder of a mother and baby in LaGrange Tuesday.

Patricia or "Tish" (Yarbrough) Piersee, 21 and her son, 5 month-old Landon Gabriel Piersee will be remembered by their family as sweet and loving.

Tish Piersee previously lived in Hamilton, Illinois. Family members say she was always smiling and full of life. People who knew her say she was a loving mother, daughter and sister.

Family members say the little guy was a beautiful and happy baby who made everyone smile.

We also have the information on the funeral arrangements for the Piersees. Visitation will be Saturday from 4p.m. to 8 p.m. at Arnold Funeral Home in Canton.

The funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Arnold Funeral Home with burial in the Dover Cemetery-Selves Addition.

Meanwhile the husband and father accused of killing his young family is being held in a Missouri Department of Corrections facility for evaluation. 24-year-old Christopher Piersee is accused of murdering his wife Tish and 6-month-old son Landon. Officials say Tish was shot to death...Landon died of a blow to the head. The bodies of the young family were found in the family's home Tuesday. Christopher was arrested Tuesday morning.

He's expected to be transferred back to Lewis County from the Missouri Department of Corrections in the next couple of days.

Update: Feb. 4, 2009 10:44 am--------------------------------------------------------------

The man suspected of killing his wife and six-month-old son in LaGrange Tuesday faces second degree murder charges.

Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney Jules De Coster filed those charges, accusing 24-year-old Christopher Piersee of killing 21-year-old Patricia Piersee and 6-month-old Landon Piersee, his spouse and young child.

Yesterday authorities transferred Piersee to a Missouri Department of Corrections facility for evaluation.

He was arrested at his home on North Main Street where police found the bodies of his young family.

We also have learned that Patricia was shot to death...Landon died of a blow to the head, either from a fist or other object.

The sheriff's department says Christopher Piersee won't return to Lewis County for at least four days.

Police Chief Larry Penn told KHQA yesterday the police department had been called to the residence for a domestic disturbance once before. He also told us a gun was found at the murder scene.

Autopsies on the victims are being perfomed today in Columbia. The investigation is ongoing.


Update: Feb. 4, 2009 8:20 am

The man accused of murdering two people in La Grange on Tuesday morning has been transferred to a Missouri Department of Corrections evaluation facility according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Department.

Christopher Piersee was originally scheduled to appear Wednesday morning in Lewis County court for his first appearence.

But now, the suspect will not be in court for at least four days.

While authorities wait for Piersee to be returned to Lewis County, prosecuting attorney Jules Decoster is expected to file murder charges in connection with the case.


A mother and her child are dead after an apparent double homicide in LaGrange, Missouri.

The Lewis County Sheriff's Department and the LaGrange Police Department say the bodies of 21-year-old Patricia Piersee and her 6-month-old son, Landon, were found in their home Tuesday morning.

Authorities arrested Patricia's husband, Christopher Piersee, who's now in custody on two counts of felony homicide.

According to Sheriff David Parrish, the suspect resided at the same home where the crime took place at 409 North Main Street.

Piersee was found in the home when the bodies were found, according to the sheriff.

Authorities held a news conference earlier Tuesday evening.

They told us they're still investigating the murders but wanted to address some of the rumors that have been running rampant.

The LaGrange Police Department says it all started at a house on North Main Street in downtown LaGrange. A call came in right before 10 a.m. By the time authorities arrived, they found the two victims deceased.

At a 5:45 p.m. news conference Tuesday night, Sheriff David Parrish said that officers were still on the scene. He said authorities had applied for a search warrant and that the cause of death is undetermined at this time.

Sheriff David Parrish says, "We are not ruling out anything at this point. Based on our preliminary investigation, we suspect there could be or were weapons used. We don't want to speculate on what type of weapon may have been involved."

Police Chief Larry Penn told KHQA the police department had been called to this residence for a domestic disturbance once before. He also told us a gun was found at the murder scene.

Penn says, "It was a gun, but I'm not saying it was used in the crime. It's a tragedy, and we're trying to get to the bottom of this."

We asked authorities about several rumors that I had heard on the street, many of which weren't true. But Sheriff Parrish says authorities are now focused on separating fact from fiction.

Sheriff Parrish said, "That's why this news conference is going to be short, Rajah. Because we're hearing things, too. That's why we're not going to release a lot of information."

Piercee will be formally charged first thing Wednesday morning.

An autopsy is scheduled for both deaths in Columbia.

Sheriff Parrish told us authorities will try to release more information about the investigation after Piercee is formally charged.