Brown County woman and estranged husband found dead

HIGGINSPORT, Ohio -- A woman missing since Thursday was found dead, the Brown County Sheriff Office confirmed Saturday.

Genevieve Smith, 42, was last seen at her home in Higginsport at about 7:45 a.m. Thursday. Her body was found in her 2007, maroon Ford Mustang Friday at about 9 p.m. Also found dead was Andrew Smith, 55, Genevieve's estranged husband.

A handgun was also found in the vehicle that was spotted by a "concerned citizen" on Schwallie Road near Ripley, Ohio, according to the sheriff's office.

According to the sheriff's office at the initial time of her disappearance, Genevieve Smith may have been arguing with Andrew Smith. They said she had a protection order against her husband. 

Genevieve failed to show up for work and missed a court hearing on Thursday, according to deputies. She was last seen putting three of her five children on a bus to school.

"The youngest ones don't really understand the severity of the situation and what this is going to mean but they will be alright, we will make it through," said Cameron Gulley, a family friend.

Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger said the incident was being investigated as a murder-suicide, but an autopsy would be performed before a final determination could be made.

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