Autopsy: Palos Park couple found dead in home were murdered
BY STEVE METSCH Sun-Times News Media September 12, 2011 7:22AM
A husband and wife found dead Sunday inside their home near southwest suburban Palos Park have been identified. deemed the deaths “suspicious.” John Granat, 44, and Maria Granat, 42, were found dead inside their home at 12762 81st Ct., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. They were pronounced dead on the scene at 11:50 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. respectively, according to the medical examiner’s office. | Jean Lachat~Sun-Times
Updated: November 26, 2011 12:28AM
A husband and wife found dead Sunday inside their southwest suburban home died from blunt force injuries, Monday autopsies showed, and their deaths have been ruled homicides.
Police were talking to a person of interest, Cook County Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Liane Jackson said Monday morning.
John Granat, 44, and Maria Granat, 42, were found dead in the 12700 block of 81st Court in unincorporated Palos Park, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. They were pronounced dead on the scene just before midnight, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Autopsies on Monday found John Granat died from multiple blunt force injuries from an assault, while Maria Granat died from multiple blunt and sharp force injuries. Both were ruled homicides, the medical examiner’s office said.
The sheriff’s office received a call at 7:12 a.m. from someone inside a home in the 12700 block of 81st Court in unincorporated Palos Township, according to a release. The caller said two residents of the home were dead.
The caller, a male relative, was in the home when police arrived and was being questioned by authorities, a source said.
Both had injuries to their torsos, hands and faces, a source said.
According to records, two businesses are listed as having the same address as the Granats’ home address: Granat Properties LLC and Home Improvement OF, Inc.
A neighbor said John Granat was in the construction business and built the home, along with a neighbor’s home.
Another neighbor, Cheryl Teigeler, said she didn’t know the couple well, but said “they seemed very nice. They always waved when they drove past or when I was out walking the dog.”
-- Sun-Times Media Wire and SouthtownStar