MAY 5 2009 - Investigators removed the bodies of a mother and her two sons from the home in Lake of the Wood subdivision in Columbia, Illinois. The Major Case Squad was called out about 7 a.m. for "multiple victims" inside a home in the 2800 block of Robert Drive. (Laurie Skrivan/P-D)
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
COLUMBIA, Ill. — Police worked into Tuesday night trying to unravel the mystery of who killed a mother and her two young sons in their home in a quiet subdivision of this quiet town.
The bodies of Sheri Coleman, 31, and sons Garett, 11, and Gavin, 9, were found in their house at 2854 Robert Drive.
A source close to the case said someone had scrawled a message on a wall inside. The law enforcement source also said that Christopher E. Coleman called police shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday, saying he had been at a gym in south St. Louis County and asking that they check on the welfare of his family. The source would not elaborate.
Neighbors said they saw Christopher Coleman, distraught and flailing on his driveway shortly after the bodies of his wife and sons were discovered.