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UPDATED: Unincorporated Palos Park Couple Murdered in Their Home

A man and woman were found dead in their Palos Township home.

The couple's teen son has been charged with their murders. Here is the latest:

Updated at 1:25 p.m. with cause of death.

Updated at 5:10 p.m. with information on a person of interest.

A man and woman were found dead in their home Sunday morning in unincorporated Palos Park, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.

John Granat, 44, and Maria Granat, 42, were found dead in their home on the 12700 block of 81st Court, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office said an autopsy was performed Monday morning and the case was ruled a homicide. The couple died from multiple blunt force trauma, officials said. 

The Cook County Sheriff's Office says that investigators are questioning a person of interest who remains in custody as of Monday evening. There is not believed to be any threat to the community and residents should not feel in danger, according to a news release.

At 7:12 a.m. a 911 call was made indicating there were two deceased residents inside the home, according to a sheriff's office news release.

The call came from someone inside the home. An investigation quickly revealed the deaths to be suspicious, and detectives began questioning neighbors and family members.

Television news vans now line the quiet wooded street where the couple lived. A large pond sits beside the stately brick home with carefully manicured landscaping.

Updated, 3:00 p.m., Sept. 12: Neighbors describe the Granats as a quiet couple who kept to themselves.

Ernie Vanier says, "they were nice people, they just kept to themselves."

Mike, who lives behind the Granats' block, declined to give his last name but said sheriff's officers were racing down the street when he left for church on Sunday morning.

He returned home to find squad cars lining the street. Sunday night police began shining flashlights between the houses on his block.

He too said the Granats kept to themselves and were quiet neighbors.

Check back for updated news throughout the day.

aj September 12, 2011 at 06:41 PM
very sad. bet it was a relative.
Jim Siener September 12, 2011 at 07:37 PM
No one reads "good" news.
Dan Lambert (Editor) September 12, 2011 at 08:25 PM
Aj, this is of course very sad news and I am sure that it will become even more so in the days to come. However, I have been covering the Palos area for over a year and this is the first murder investigation within that time. Patch is a community site that reports a great deal of good news. Here are just a few examples: http://palos.patch.com/articles/the-5-most-inspirational-stories-of-palos-patchs-first-year As a reporter it is my job to give a full picture of what is going on in the towns I cover, both the good and the bad.
James Wilson September 12, 2011 at 09:20 PM
I wish there was. If I had the money I would start up a television network,coast to coast, that would dedicate itself to just that.
Colleen September 13, 2011 at 12:23 AM
This is very sad news, however I am very happy that Patch keeps us informed as to what is happening in our neighborhood, good, bad or indifferent. Patch is very informative and is publishing different news about students doing good and community events that are good and lots of other positive articles.
Kate September 13, 2011 at 01:19 PM
Patch does a Fantastic job of reporting news honestly and quickly regardless of the subject matter!!!
Dan Lambert (Editor) September 13, 2011 at 01:30 PM
Charges have been filed in the murder. Here is the latest: http://patch.com/A-lXD0
Fatena October 11, 2011 at 03:39 PM
It is so sad that someone has so much rage and hate in them. To kill your own parents is mind boggling. I lost my dad 3 years ago to cancer and I will never stop missing him.

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