Victim of Waupaca County murder-suicide identified

TOWN OF ROYALTON, Wis. - The Waupaca County Sheriff's Office has identified the two victims of a murder-suicide in the Town of Royalton Tuesday.

Cori S. Cummings, 32, of Manawa was killed by her estranged husband, John J. Cummings, 51, of Weyauwega before he turned the gun on himself, according to Sheriff Brad Hardel.

"This is a small community, everybody knows everybody almost and as the word gets out, people hearing what happened, a lot of people, a lot of family, a lot of friends in shock at this point, that's for sure," Sheriff Hardel explained.

The couple was separated. Cori Cummings was living with family in Manawa, Sheriff Hardel said.

On Tuesday morning, just after 8 a.m., deputies responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch at the intersection of North Shore Road and State Highway 110 in the Town of Royalton.

The person who called said the vehicle was still running and the wheels were spinning, and it appeared two people were inside the car unconscious, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies found the couple dead inside the car from gunshot wounds. Cori Cummings had been driving, according to Sheriff Hardel.

Surveillance video from a nearby supper club showed the couple's car crashed shortly after they left that supper club's parking lot.

The supper club owner said she saw the car in the ditch, but never thought she'd see a murder-suicide in such a small town.

"There were so many squad cars, and the EMTs were here and the fire department, it was horrible to see," said Brittany Lee Mitchell, the owner of the supper club. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

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