Community Shocked at Double Murder of Elderly Couple Inside Their Home

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IVY BEND, Mo. -- A lot of people in the small Ozarks town of Ivy Bend, Mo., are still reeling with shock after 73-year-old Mable Wells and her 82-year-old husband Wayne were found shot to death inside their home.

Morgan County Sheriff Jim Petty told FOX 4 that around 11 o'clock Tuesday morning, a friend of the victim went to the elderly couple's home on Oak HIll Road and called 911 after finding Mae Wells lying face down in a pool of blood in the dining room.

Sheriff's deputies arrived at the residence and found Wayne Wells dead in his wheelchair in another room. Investigators said both victims had been shot multiple times with a small caliber gun during an apparent robbery.

"We have not found anything missing that we know of," said Sheriff Petty. "They didn't have a lot of jewelry or expensive items from what I understand. ... There was a disarray to the house like someone was looking for something."

At Gem Realty, where Mae Wells worked as a sales agent for the last six years, her longtime friend, Charlotte Gaden, remembers Wells as a caring person, who loved her church.

"She was also a member of the Booster Club and she helped with the annual Ivy Bend Festival Parade," she said. "Anybody who needed something, Mae was always willing to help."

"And Wayne was the sweetest person you'd ever want to meet," Gaden told FOX 4's Robert Townend during an interview Wednesday.

Investigators are still interviewing people about the double murder.  Sheriff Petty said they haven't recovered the murder weapon. Autopsies are underway in Jefferson City.

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