Wife of Baptist Missionary to Lithuania Found Dead in Illinois

Peoria — Details were slow to emerge in the homicide of a Baptist missionary and mother of three found dead in her Far North Peoria home, leaving neighbors wondering what actually happened in the usually quiet neighborhood.

Denise Leuthold, 39, was found dead at 700 W. Mossville Road on Thursday afternoon after police arrived to investigate a possible break-in. Police have made no arrests in the investigation.

The victim was living at the home belonging to her parents with her husband and three children. The victim’s family was recently living in Lithuania and returned to the Peoria area in recent months, Crossroads Baptist Church Pastor Justyn Smith said.

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