Coroner: Couple found in home died from blunt force trauma

According to the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, deputies from Lake and McHenry County were involved in a shooting in Antioch around 12:15am Saturday. Deputies say Gerald Boyes, 53, showed a handgun and was shot by deputies.

Boyes was wanted for a probation violation from the state of Florida and was in possession of a stolen vehicle at the time of the shooting.

His father, 73-year-old Gerald Boyes and his companion, 67-year-old Billie Potter, were found dead inside a home on Riegel Lane Tuesday night.  

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

From McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden:

A person of interest was established early on in the investigation as being the son of Gerald B. Boyes. He was identified as being 53 year Gerald R. Boyes Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida. 

McCracken Sheriff’s detectives reached out to the Jacksonville Co. Florida Sheriff’s Office earlier in the week. Surveillance operations were immediately underway there, as well as intelligence gathering. It was determined through the inquiries being done there, that the son had rented a white 2015 Ford Flex  from a car rental agency there on March 9, 2016. The vehicle was supposed to have been returned on March 11, but was not. Sheriff’s investigators in Florida were able this week to get this vehicle entered into NCIC as stolen. It was also determined that Boyes was wanted on a parole violation out of Florida. He had numerous felony convictions for numerous armed robberies, burglaries, assaults with deadly weapons convictions, identity theft, fleeing or evading and others. 

On Thursday, Captain Matt Carter and Det. Sgt. Darrin Frommeyer while en route to Jacksonville, Florida to meet with investigators there, learned via a law enforcement database that Boyes had pawned an item at a pawn shop in Villa Ridge Illinois, which is a suburb of Chicago, at around 2PM earlier in the day. The detectives immediately turned around and headed to the Chicago area arriving there Friday morning. 

On Friday, McCracken County sheriff’s detectives began combing through surveillance video that had been recovered from area homes and businesses in the area of where the murders occurred. A 2015 Ford Flex that appeared to be the same vehicle as Boyes was seen in some of the footage, on the same day and time as the murders are suspected to have occurred. Subpoenas and search warrants were obtained and served throughout the week as detectives continued to obtain records and documents related to this investigation. 

Also on Friday, Detectives Carter and Frommeyer arrived at the pawn shop in northern Illinois to recover the item that was pawned by Boyes, which was a wallet that is believed to have belonged to his father.  Investigators noted that the victim’s wallet was missing when his body was recovered. 

Detectives Carter and Frommeyer met with multiple law enforcement agencies, federal, state, and local in the Chicago area. A special law enforcement Intel bulletin was sent out to the entire northern Illinois law enforcement community on Friday afternoon, alerting them to the stolen vehicle that Boyes was in, as well as that he was a person of interest in the double murder in McCracken County Kentucky. 

Teams of investigators conducted surveillance operations in the Chicago area and located the stolen vehicle at a club. Boyes was observed leaving the establishment and get into the stolen vehicle. As law enforcement officers approached, and after a handgun was brandished, shots were fired and Boyes was killed. 

Both Capt. Carter and Sgt. Frommeyer were in the area when the incident occurred but they were not present or involved. They remain in the Chicago area this afternoon, working with investigators there, conducting interviews, and collecting possible evidence related to the murder case in McCracken County. 

McCracken County Coroner Dan Sims says the cause of death for the couple was multiple blunt force trauma.  The murder weapon that is believed to have been used has been recovered from the scene.

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