Freeport police say that a small, ranch-style home in a quiet Freeport neighborhood was the scene of a brutal stabbing that left the couple inside dead.
Police arrived in the early morning hours to find the bodies of Patrick Davis, 66, and Carlotta Davis, 59.
“They actually saw one of the victims in view, lying on the floor, unresponsive. They made contact – or they made entry into the house and discovered that, in fact, there was two victims and they were deceased, apparently from some sort of stab wound – or sharp object,” said Todd Barkalow, Freeport Chief of Police.
Three hours away, in Logan County, their son, Mitchell Davis, 33, was stopped by a Logan County deputy while driving his parents car.
They then contacted Freeport police.
Detectives now are investigating the possible motive behind the double murder.
Police say there has been a history of of domestic violence between Mitchell Davis and his parents.
“I know that there was one report filed, with a domestic disturbance between the two… And, subsequently, an order of protection was filed at Stephenson County court house,” said Chief Barkalow.
The order of protection expired about a year ago.
Neighbors, Linda Boddie and her daughters, were in shock about the violent deaths of a couple they considered to be close friends.
“They were a nice couple,” said one of the girls.
“They would bring tomatoes for the grandkids and my son, because he loves tomatoes,” said Boddie.
“They were friendly. They always had something nice to say. They were just a warm family. They will truly be missed,” another neighbor added.
Mitchell Davis was transported from Logan County to Stephenson County Jail, where he is charged with 2 counts of First Degree Murder and has a bond set at $750,000.
This has been the first homicide case that Freeport has seen since July of 2015.