Father, daughter killed in Fond du Lac murder-suicide

TOWN OF EMPIRE — A father and daughter were found dead inside their home on Golf Course Drive in the Town of Empire in Fond du Lac County on Friday morning, September 29th.

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office has now ruled the deaths of 62-year-old Mark Whitmore and 27-year-old Julia Whitmore a murder-suicide.

On Friday, officials said they were both found dead inside the home after dispatchers received a 911 call from a home health care worker around 7:30 a.m.

Authorities said Julia was strangled to death and the father, Mark, died of a self-inflicted knife wound.

Officials said Julia was wheelchair bound and had a disability that required constant care. The home health care worker that found Julia dead was a caregiver that provided aid when Julia's father, Mark, was away.

At this time no solid motive for the murder has been determined.  The sheriff’s office continues to work with the medical examiner’s office on this investigation.