Murder suspect found dead with victim’s vehicle

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 11:04 p.m. CDT

DANVILLE – Authorities in east central Illinois say a man found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Parke County, Ind., was a suspect in the murder of a 40-year-old Illinois woman.

The woman, Jamie L. Sternberger, was found fatally shot Sunday in her mobile home near Danville. Her vehicle was found Sunday in Indiana at an undisclosed spot where 43-year-old Michael Penrose is believed to have committed suicide.

Chief Deputy Bill Todd of the Parke County Sheriff’s Office says Penrose may have been living with Sternberger for about six months at her home outside of Danville where her body was found.

Capt. Rod Kaag of the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department tells The Champaign News-Gazette investigators consider Penrose the only suspect in the murder.

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