WQAD: Person of Interest in Burlington Murder Case Found Dead

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By Aaron Hepker

BURLINGTON - The Burlington Police Department says its investigation into the homicide of Susan Elizabeth Overton continues, with a new development.

Overton was found dead on Friday in the home at 1418 Grove Street in Burlington. Police now say the home was owned by Lathern Painter, Jr. and his estranged wife Tiffany Lynn Painter. Lathern Painter is Overton's son-in-law, and had recently left the home and had been living with relatives in West Branch, Iowa.

Burlington Police interviewed Lathern Painter Friday evening, and say he left the police department around 11:15 p.m. He remained a person of interest in the death of Overton.

On Sunday, April 25, Lathern Painter was reported missing by relatives to the West Branch Police Department. That department started conducting a separate missing person investigation. On Tuesday, police in West Branch informed Burlington police that the body of Lathern Painter, Jr. had been found in a building in West Branch. Evidence at the scene and an autopsy indicate Painter committed suicide.

Burlington police say the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating Painter's death in conjunction with the homicide of Susan Overton.

DCI is also following up with Burlington police on information and evidence related to the death of Overton.

Anyone with information regarding Overton's death is asked to call the Burlington Police Department at 319-753-8353 or Crime Stoppers at 319-753-6835.

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