Two Catholic nuns were found dead in their Mississippi home, after they reportedly skipped work at a nearby hospital. Both nurses died on Thursday, authorities said.
One nun is a member of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky. The other is part of the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee. Their bodies were taken to a state crime lab for autopsies.
Image: Photo shows the Mississippi home where two nuns were murdered.
According a report from Newsmax, “Durant Assistant Police Chief James Lee said it was too early to say how the nuns died, but it appears they were not shot”.
The nuns’ vehicle appears to be missing, and there are signs of a break-in, said Maureen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of Jackson.
Both slain nuns rendered health services at the Lexington Medical Clinic, a location which is about 10 miles away from their home in Durant.
Authorities have kept investigations secret, and the motive for such a horrific attack is yet to be released. The police are trying to determine if there’s any link between the murders and the nuns’ religious work.
The Assistant Police Chief James Lee, who’s also a Catholic said: “I have an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach.”
Image: File Photo
The nuns were identified as Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard said, in a Fox News report.