Major Case Squad activated in murder of well-known Edwardsville couple

A well-known Edwardsville couple were found dead in their home Monday morning, victims of an apparent double homicide.

Edwardsville Police Department has called in the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis to investigate.

Police discovered the bodies of Lois Ladd, 68, a chiropractor, and her husband, Michael Ladd, 79, a contractor, about 10:30 a.m. Monday in their home in the 800 block of North Kansas Street. One of Lois Ladd’s employees had reportedly called and asked for someone to check on her.

“We’re working feverishly right now to get as many leads as we can,” said Jeff Connor, chief deputy commander on the Illinois side for the Major Case Squad, during a news conference Monday afternoon in Edwardsville.

Connor said about 30 agents are on the crime scene. He declined to provide information regarding possible motive or other details of the investigation.

Connor said the Ladds’ family had been notified of their murder. He encouraged local residents with information on the crime — or on the couple’s whereabouts in recent days — to call 618-307-1611. An anonymous tip line also is available at 618-692-7552.

“We are desperately asking any help (from) the public that can help us with this crime,” Connor said. “One of the main things we need right now is the last people to see them alive.”

Lois Ladd’s practice, called The Last Resort in Whole Body Health, included chiropractic services, pain management, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.