The Free Press
NEW ULM — A couple and their son whose decomposing bodies were found inside a San Antonio, Texas, house Thursday after a tip from New Ulm officials have been identified.
Police say Herbert Rishell, 76, used a .22-caliber rifle to shoot Mary Rishell, 67, and George Rishell, 45. He then apparently turned the gun on himself at their home in the 9600 block of Vale Drive, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
An incident report says law enforcement officials in New Ulm on Thursday asked local authorities to check on George and Herbert Rishell. They hadn’t reported for work at Minnesota-based trucking company J&R Schugel since March 6.
Leah Shaver, the company’s human resources director, said they’d been working on a contract basis for J&R Schugel as a driving team for more than a decade.
A television was on when officers arrived at the home about 8 a.m. More than a dozen flies swarmed inside.
Inside, officers found Mary Rishell on a bed, her body wrapped in a blanket. She had a gunshot wound to the top of her head.
George Rishell was lying on the floor of another bedroom.
Herbert Rishell was found in a living room chair facing the television. He apparently killed the other two before shooting himself in the face, the report says.
Police Chief William McManus told the San Antonio newspaper the bodies had “been there for a while.” The three last were seen March 9.
Neighbors said the family was friendly and never fought. Records showed no police calls to the home in the past year.
On Friday, about a dozen roses of different colors had been placed in the home’s front gate.
Family members declined an interview request Friday.
“We’re still trying to sort everything out,” a man who answered the door of a relative’s home said.