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Smith, McDowell dead in apparent murder, suicide

 Keith McDowellA murder and man hunt in the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 11 kept Franklin County residents on edge. Angie Jo Smith, age 31, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso at the camper trailer of a friend at the Still Meadow RV Park just after midnight Tuesday morning.

She had taken refuge with the friend about four days prior after her relationship with Keith Lynn McDowell, age 55, had become possessive and volatile, according to a witness. Mr. McDowell apparently took his own life several hours later. See the November 13 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for more details.