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Shawano County couple's home robbed while their funerals were being planned

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Ninety-year-old couple Eldore and Malinda Mielke died within 25 hours of each other this week. On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, their home was burglarized as their family planned their funerals. (courtesy of FOX 11).
Ninety-year-old couple Eldore and Malinda Mielke died within 25 hours of each other this week. On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, their home was burglarized as their family planned their funerals. (courtesy of FOX 11).

MARION, WI (WTAQ) - Shawano County authorities are investigating the robbery of a Marion home, while family members were planning the funeral of the elderly couple who lived there.

First, a 90-year-old husband and wife died within 25 hours of each other earlier this week. Eldore and Malinda Mielke left the world the same way they had farmed their land for 68 years of marriage: Together.

"What I can comment on is that U.S. currency was stolen along with some jewelry. There were some other items taken,” said Sgt. Gordon Kowaleski of the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

The Shawano County Sheriff's Department says it took DNA samples and tire track analysis from the Mielkes' house. There are no suspects.

Police tips if your home will be empty for a while: Make sure to have someone watch it. Also, don't share any more than you have to about what's inside the home, or about what may be in a family estate.

If you have any information about this theft, Shawano County deputies say they'd like to hear from you at (715) 526-3111.

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