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Two nuns found dead in Mississippi home, police suspect robbery

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Fourth Estate Staff

Durant, MS, United States (4E) – Two nuns were found dead with stab wounds at a home in Mississippi and officials believe that it is due to a robbery.

Accordingly, the two nuns lived in the home together and their bodies were found during a welfare check. The two nuns worked at the Lexington Medical Clinic and their colleagues got worried after the two nuns did not show up for work on Thursday. The two nuns worked as nurse practitioners at the aforementioned clinic.

They also work with the clinic to help the poor, provide healthcare, and give books or other school supplies to children who are in need.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said in a statement, “They have a history of being punctual as far as arriving at work, and they didn’t today.” When officials arrived at the property, the car of the nuns was missing. The officials also noted that there were signs of a break-in at the Mississippi home, said Maureen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of Jackson.

The nuns were identified as Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill. The cause of death has not been revealed yet but Durant Assistant Police Chief James Lee said that there were no gunshot wounds. Their bodies were taken to a state crime lab to undergo autopsies.

Father Greg Plata, who oversees a small Catholic church where the sisters attended mass, said that the killings were so senseless and described the two nuns as sweet. Merrill moved to Mississippi from Massachusetts in 1981. She believed that it was her calling to stay in the Deep South as per her statements in a 2010 article in the publication “The Journey.”

Detectives are not yet sure if their religious work had anything to do to the killings. The Durant police and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation are investigating the matter.

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