Man In Illinois Kills Partner & Himself Fearing They Had Coronavirus

Elias Hubbard
April 10, 2020

Tragically, an autopsy performed on their bodies by the police determined conclusively that they both tested negative for the virus.

When they arrived, police found Jesernik and Schriefer in separate rooms, with a loaded revolver near Jesernik's body.

Family arrived at the home and told investigators that Jesernik was anxious that he and Schriefer contracted coronavirus, according to the news release.

At about 8 p.m. Thursday, Will County sheriff's deputies went to a home in Lockport Township, about 30 miles southwest of Chicago, to conduct a welfare check. Deputies and fire personnel forced their way into the home.

The authorities confirmed that there was no file of home abuse on the residence and "a check of both deceased individuals was also conducted which showed very limited police contact". They had gotten a call from an individual who was asked by Patrick Jesernik's parents to check on him, because they had not heard from him in awhile. The investigation showed no signs of struggle or burglary as the house was neat and orderly. They both tested negative for COVID-19.

"Patrick died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and his death is ruled as a suicide", police said.

The coronavirus has swept throughout the nation, infecting greater than 300,000 People as of Saturday, killing greater than 8,000 inside the U.S. IL authorities reported 10,357 circumstances, together with 243 deaths as of Saturday.

The Sheriff's office in Will County, where the incident took place, told NBC that the majority of 911 calls during the outbreak so far have been over domestic disputes. The family said that to their knowledge, she had not received the test result. The Will County Courthouse is open Monday thru Friday from 8:30 AM-3:30 PM, and on Saturdays from 8:30 AM-12:00 PM for the issuance of orders of protection.

In a press release, officers warned of the danger of domestic violence and provided resource for the local community.

If you want to talk to someone about the issues raised in this piece, you can call the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

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