Woman dies after apparent self-inflicted gunshot

Michele Knous, age 46,
of Beardstown was pronounced
deceased at Memorial
Medical Center in
Springfield at 7:55 a.m. on
Monday. She was found
on a bench at the Meredosia
Wildlife Refuge
with a gunshot wound on
Sunday afternoon. She
had apparently left her vehicle
and walked down a
path to the bench.
An autopsy was conducted
on Tuesday morning
under the authority of
the Sangamon County
Coroner’s office. At this
time, the injury is suspected
to be self-inflicted.
Final autopsy results will
not be available for several weeks.

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