Missionary Denise Leuthold slain in Peoria

Peoria mother found dead in her Mossville Road home

From Church Facebook site: “Please be in prayer for our missionary, Nathan Leuthold, and his children. His wife was murdered yesterday in Peoria, IL, by a burglar who broke into the home they were living in while on furlough.”

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Denise was the niece of Pastor David Rogers, who is the pastor of an MBA church in Willmar, MN and the current secretary of our state association.

Greg Linscott
Marshall, MN

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Police arrest husband for Valentine's Day slaying of wife



A man who traveled the world as part of a Christian ministry has been arrested for murder in connection with the Valentine’s Day death of his wife during an incident allegedly staged to look like a burglary.

Nathan Leuthold was taken into custody about 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, and a press conference was scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Peoria Police Department. He has not yet been formally charged, and his bond has not yet been set.

A Baptist missionary who traveled frequently to Lithuania over the past 15 years with his wife and children to start churches and sports- or music-centered outreach efforts, Nathan Leuthold called police about 3:15 p.m. Feb. 14 to his in-laws’ home at 700 Mossville Road.

The incident was initially reported as a burglary, but police found 39-year-old Denise Leuthold’s body just inside the front door with a single gunshot wound to the head.

Some items were missing from the home, and Denise Leuthold’s vehicle was missing, though it was discovered shortly afterward parked about a quarter mile away in a parking lot of Robinson Park.


Greg Linscott
Marshall, MN