FESTUS, MO - The St. Louis Major Case Squad is investigating a double homicide after the bodies of a man and woman were found behind a Festus gas station.
Festus police said the bodies found at 11 a.m. Monday have not been identified. Chief Timothy Lewis said both were middle-aged, and each had obvious injuries.
Police said the man and woman match a vague description of a missing Arkansas couple who had checked into the Comfort Inn in Festus Friday night and were last seen late Sunday.
Around midnight, a hotel guest found the couple's dogs covered in blood in the parking lot. Police arrived and found more blood behind the motel. The dogs' owners were nowhere to be found.
Police are checking surveillance videos from nearby businesses and believe they may be looking for a pickup truck.
Officials say they're investigating whether the Festus deaths may be linked to a string of killings in Illinois and Missouri. Illinois State Police say they're looking for a man in connection with the killings of four people in Rock Falls, the beating death of a 93-year-old Sterling, Illinois, man, and the death of a man found behind a Galesburg grocery store.