Two deaths in home investigated

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The Jackson County medical examiner is awaiting the results of two studies before declaring the cause of death of the wife and unborn child of a Lee’s Summit police officer at the family home.

The examiner will rule on the deaths of Misty M. Horner and the child after receiving of toxicology and histology reports. Both died at the home of Caleb Horner, a nine-year veteran of the Lee’s Summit Police Department. The child died during delivery in December and Misty Horner reportedly died Tuesday.

No criminal investigation has been initiated and no charges filed. Police Chief Ken Conlee said there is nothing to investigate at this time.

Caleb Horner is on bereavement leave, according to the department. An unidentified relative told The Examiner that Horner had no comment.

The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office said it was aware of the death but has not been presented with a case.

According to The Examiner’s files, Misty Horner was the former Misty Mansfield of Sugar Creek. At the time of the couple’s engagement in 2003 she was a dispatcher for the Lee’s Summit Police Department. She stepped down as a dispatcher in November, 2006, in expectation of caring for her child.

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