SEA library director, wife die in apparent murder-suicide in Warren, police say

WARREN — Kim Patterson, the director of the Southeast Arkansas Regional Library who spearheaded a sales tax increase in Drew County to build a new library, apparently died in a murder-suicide along with his wife, police said.

Kim Patterson and his wife, Sandra Patterson, were found dead at their Warren home Tuesday morning.

The couple appeared to have died of gunshot wounds in what police believe was a murder-suicide, committed by the husband, according to Lt. Shaun Hildreth, a criminal investigator with the Warren Police Department.

Kim Patterson, 64, appeared to have died of a gunshot wound to the head while his 52-year-old wife, Sandra Patterson, appeared to have died of a single gunshot wound to the upper torso. The bodies were discovered in a sitting room off the master bedroom, Hildreth said.

Warren police were contacted at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday by a library employee who asked police to check on the Pattersons because they couldn’t be reached and their vehicles were parked there at the couple’s East Cedar Street home in Warren.

“All evidence points to a murder-suicide with the homicide committed by Kim,” Hildreth said, adding that the bodies have been transported to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy and the investigation is ongoing.

Hildreth said the shooting occurred sometime between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. Tuesday.