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Police were called to a residence at 3226 West Kearney shortly before 9:30 this morning to begin an investigation into what they are calling "a suspicious death scene."

Authorities were called to the house that sits between West Bypass and Kansas Expressway by the daughter of a man in his late fifties that was found dead inside the house.

A woman who was found dead inside the home is believed to be in her late twenties.

The have been identified as 59 year-old Clifford W. Moad, and 26 year-old Christy D. Willmon.

Moad was the father of three children and grandfather of eight.

The initial call that came into dispatchers said that the man and the woman were found shot to death.

Two young children of Christy Willmon who were found in the house and have been taken into protective custody by The Missouri Division of Social Services who are attempting to find relatives of the children.

The little boy is six years-old and the little girl is four years-old.

Police have been called to the house at least six times in the past year and a half for a variety of incidents including assault and domestic disturbances.

The most recent calls for help to the house were in May and June of last year.

Moad had filed requests with the courts for orders of protection against Willmon.

On June 24, 2008, Moad called police to say that he had been the victim of an alleged domestic assault that involved a knife.

The same day he filed for an order of protection against Willmon. In the application he wrote that his ex-girlfriend (Willmon) came to his house and threatened him with a knife.

Moad had also filed for an order of protection in July of 2007 because he said Willmon ran over him with a vehicle, breaking his leg. He also accused Willmon of being on drugs and grabbing him by his hair in the document.

In at least one of the cases regarding orders of protection, no one showed up in the case, and it was dismissed.

Authorities will not comment at this time whether the crime scene is a murder-suicide or a double-homicide.

A neighbor says that Moad sold used cars from his home.

UPDATED @ 3:28 p.m.

LOJ has the NEWS RELEASE FROM SPD:

The Springfield Police Department is investigating the suspicious deaths of a man and woman found inside 3226 W. Kearney this morning at 9:30 a.m.

At 9:20 a.m., police received a call from a woman who arrived to visit her father who resides at the address. She advised dispatch she believed the man and woman who reside at the home may be injured.

She also found two children in the home, a six year old boy and four year old girl, who were uninjured.

Upon arrival police confirmed the deaths of a woman in her late 20s and a man in his late 50s who possibly resided in the home.

Springfield Police are currently processing the scene for any evidence and are interviewing associates and family members. The children have been taken to the Division of Social Services in an effort to locate family members.

No further information is available at this time.

UPDATED (02-26-09):

Investigators have concluded that the manner of death in which Moad and Willmon died was murder-suicide with Mr. Moad firing two bullets into Ms. Willmon's head before he turned the gun on himself.

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