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Lois and Michael Ladd

Lois and Michael Ladd in a photo provided by police. They were found dead in their Edwardsville home on Monday, March 18, 2019.

EDWARDSVILLE • Detectives are investigating a double homicide in Edwardsville after police found a married couple dead in their home Monday morning.

Authorities identified the victims as Michael Ladd, 79, a local contractor, and his wife, Lois Ladd, 68, an Edwardsville chiropractor.

They were found in their home on a private lane in the 800 block of North Kansas Street about 10:30 a.m. Monday by an Edwardsville police officer doing a welfare check, said Maj. Jeff Connor with the Major Case Squad during a press conference.

Officers were called after a coworker in Lois Ladd’s office asked police to check on her, Connor said.

The couple’s home is tucked away on a private road — signed as Lois Lane — in a wooded residential area in northern Edwardsville that was blocked off by police Monday afternoon. About 30 investigators were called to the scene , Connor said.

Connor did not take questions or give more information about the crime but asked anyone who saw the victims in the days before their deaths to call Edwardsville police at 618-307-1611 or call the department’s tip line at 618-692-7550.

“We have no idea what happened,” Don Ladd, a brother of Michael Ladd, said . “We’re all just really upset as a family.”

He said his brother worked as a general contractor in the area and would be hired for a wide variety of construction projects. Michael Ladd started to work construction with his father at age 16 and continued in the trade the rest of his career before starting his own contracting business, according to his LinkedIn page.

Lois Ladd had an active license as a chiropractic physician and an acupuncturist in Illinois, according to state records.

The Major Case Squad, a unit made up of investigators from both sides of the Mississippi River, is leading the investigation at the request of Edwardsville police.

Erin Heffernan is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Denise Hollinshed is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch