Police Department

Death Investigation: Apparent Murder/Suicide

Independence Police Department

223 N. Memorial Drive

Independence, MO 64050-3013

Public Information Office

Officer John Syme

(816) 325-7258


News Release

For immediate release: October 1, 2015

Death Investigation: Apparent Murder/Suicide

On Wednesday, September 30th at approximately 5:45pm, the Independence Police Department received a 911 call from 808 S. Ash Ave. regarding a domestic violence disturbance involving a firearm. 

Officers arrived at the home and located two subjects deceased inside the residence. The deceased were identified as Phillip A. Hurlburt, a 66 year old white male, and his wife Barbara J. Olsen, 66 year old white female, both of the residence.

Independence Police Detectives arrived on scene and through their investigation are treating this as an apparent murder/suicide. Family members of the deceased have been notified.