JANESVILLE—The two women who were shot and killed in Janesville Monday have been identified as Brittany N. McAdory, 27, and Seairaha J. Winchester, 30.
The Rock County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victims and in a news release, the office stated a preliminary autopsy indicated the cause of death for the women was “homicidal firearm related trauma.”
Janesville police have not identified a suspect or person of interest in the shooting deaths.
Lt. Charles Aagaard, who heads the Janesville police detective bureau, said investigators believe a handgun was used.
They also believe the shootings occurred where the women were found, in the 3200 block of Midvale Drive he said.
Law enforcement agencies in Illinois are providing assistance in the case, Aagaard said. A black, four-door Jeep SUV that belonged to McAdory was found on Interstate 90 in Hoffman Estates near Chicago on Monday.
Police have discovered McAdory recently had moved to Joliet, Illinois, and investigators were trying to determine where in Joliet she lived, Aagaard said.
Winchester lived on Osborne Avenue on Janesville’s south side, he said.
Aagaard said Winchester and Mcadory arrived at the TA Express truck stop at about 2 a.m. Monday and went into the convenience store, apparently using the restroom. They left 10 to 15 minutes later, but police do not know where they went or where they were before they were shot about an hour later. Police believe the women were alone in the Jeep when they left the TA Express, but video was not clear enough to confirm they were alone in the Jeep the entire time.
Police are working to first capture the most time-sensitive information, such as video evidence that could be deleted if not saved, Aagaard said.
“Our focus is on trying to rebuild the final moments of their lives,” including a chronology of where they were at different times, Aagaard said, .
The 911 call alerting police came from someone driving by who stayed with the women until police got there. The caller had no connection to the women or the crime.