Beth Thompson: Murdered by her boyfriend, Correctional Officer Edward Elvert. September 01, 2005.
Ionia prison employees found dead in home
September 2, 2005
An unmarried couple who worked at an Ionia prison were found shot to death in their home in an apparent homicide-suicide, Ionia County sheriff's deputies said.
The bodies of Beth Thompson, 42, and Edward Elvert, 44, were discovered around 7 a.m. Thursday by Thompson's high school-age daughter, Sheriff Dwain Dennis said.
The daughter found her mother's body in a chair in the living room and the boyfriend's body on the living room floor. Dennis said it appeared the boyfriend fired the shots and that each person had been shot once, The Grand Rapids Press reported.
Deputies found a .38-caliber revolver near the man's body, the sheriff said. They did not find any suicide notes.
The Michigan Department of Corrections confirmed that Thompson and Elvert were employed at Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility.
The man was hired as a corrections officer in 1981 and promoted to sergeant in 1986, while the woman had worked in food service since 1998.
2005 Michigan Homicide List
The New Citizens Press
Beth Thompson - 42 Ionia, Mi.On September 1, the body of Beth Thompson and her boyfriend, Edward Elvert, were discovered by Beth's 20 year old daughter in their home. Police believe that Elvert shot Beth and them himself in an apparent murder-suicide. Both Beth and Elvert were employees of the Dept. of Corrections.
My Name is Beth Thompson
I am 42 years old and live in Ionia, Michigan.
On September 1st my body and the body of my boyfriend, Edward Elvert, were discovered by my 20 year old daughter in my home.
Police believe that Edward shot me and then himself in an apparent murder-suicide.
We were both employees of the Department of Correction.
My name was Beth Thompson.
Remember my name.