KAUFMAN — Reporters hoping for fresh information about the murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife didn't get many answers from Sheriff David Byrnes on Sunday afternoon.
Byrnes confirmed that law enforcement agencies are involved in "an active investigation," but he revealed little else in the way of new details.
He said his department received a call "of a possible two deceased persons" shortly after 6 o'clock on Saturday evening, and confirmed that the victims were Mike and Cynthia McLelland.
"We are in the process of completing the crime scene worked up right now," Byrnes said. "This is a joint investigation of the sheriff's office, the Texas Rangers and the FBI."
The sheriff was asked if the McLelland slayings have been linked to the January 31 murder of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse. "I can't say that; I have nothing indicating that for sure," Byrnes said.
Had the McLellands received any additional personal security measures in the wake of Hasse's death?
"We're not going to speak about security measures," the sheriff said, adding there will be "visible" increased security at the courthouse on Monday. "We are taking precautions to protect other elected officials in the county."
Are there any suspects or any leads?
"We won't talk about that. It's way premature to talk about that," the sheriff said.
Sheriff Byrnes said anyone with information for investigators can contact a special tip line at 877-847-7522 or visit the Kaufman County Crime Stoppers website.
"It's pretty obvious it's unnerving," the sheriff said. "It's unnerving to the law enforcement comunity. It's unnerving to the community at large, and that's why we're striving to assure the community that we are still providing public safety and we'll be able to do that."