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Man found dead in North Palm Beach home had been murder suspect in Iowa

Sheriff says deputies found woman dead in Iowa home, suspect took his own life in North Palm Beach
Posted at 5:35 PM, Aug 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-16 21:21:07-04

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. — A man who was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a North Palm Beach home Monday was a murder suspect in Iowa, authorities said.

Muscatine County, Iowa, Sheriff Quinn Riess said in a news release Tuesday that his deputies received a call from North Palm Beach police requesting a welfare check at a home there.

Riess said North Palm Beach police received information that a woman had been killed at the Iowa home and the suspect had since returned to South Florida.

When deputies arrived and forced their way inside, they found the victim dead.

Riess said police had been conducting surveillance on the suspect from a nearby home. The sheriff said when police entered the home, they found the suspect dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

A view from Chopper 5 showed a large police presence outside the home along Lighthouse Drive.

The woman was later identified as Christine Briegel, 74, and the suspect was identified as husband Donald Briegel, 79.

Riess said the couple lived between homes in Iowa, Tennessee and Florida.