BOONE COUNTY, MO – The deaths of two people last week in Ashland has been ruled a murder suicide following autopsies by the Boone County Medical Examiner and an investigation by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

According to an information release by the Boone County Sheriff, deputies and Ashland police responded to a residence November 2 in the 500 block of Nickman Road after receiving reports of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers and deputies found the bodies of Travis J. Parker, 42, and Jessica Willits, 36. Both sustained gunshot wounds. The investigation determined Parker shot Willits before taking his own life.