Police investigating possible murder/suicide in Howell

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Howell police are investigating the possible murder/suicide of a mother and son found dead Nov. 6, 2019, in the Howell Estates Mobile Home Community, with entrances off Michigan Avenue and Mason Road.

The bodies of Kim Ilena Mathewson, 62, and her son, Shawn W. Mathewson, 39, were found when police conducted a welfare check after receiving a report that the two hadn’t been seen since Oct. 25, 2019.

Police found an accumulation of mail and packages on the front porch of the home. With the assistance of the Howell Fire Department, police were able to get inside the home, where they discovered the bodies of the mother and son, who had been deceased for some time.

Because of the condition of the bodies, the bodies were transported to the University of Michigan Hospital for autopsy and determination of cause of death.

The autopsy shows that Kim Mathewson’s death was the result of homicide, and that she died of blunt force trauma to the head. Authorities are waiting for toxicology reports to come back on Shawn Mathewson to determine his cause of death, which could take several more weeks.

It’s been reported that Kim Mathewson had a history of medical issues, and her son was her caretaker.

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