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Chicago cop found dead in bathtub from suspected overdose after FBI re-opened probe into her husband’s mysterious suicide

June 2, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Chicago cop found dead in bathtub from suspected overdose after FBI re-opened probe into her husband’s mysterious suicide

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Chicago cop Dina Markam was discovered dead in the same house where her officer husband died from a mysterious suicide two years ago.

Markham, 47, is alleged to have committed suicide after she was found unconscious in a bathtub in her home after taking a bunch of pills on Sunday.

The medical examiner’s office has not officially declared a cause of death, but authorities are investigating it as a suicide, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Her death comes after the FBI, at the request of Chicago PD, started to reexamine the suicide of her husband Donald Markham, 51.

Dina and Donald, both Chicago cops, were married in 1995 and had five children together

Some investigators had generated concerns about the way evidence was obtained at the scene when Donald was found with a gunshot to his head in 2015.

It’s not clear what provoked the new investigation. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the probe has been continuing for several months. On February 21st, the medical examiner’s office sought a subpoena regarding Donald’s death.

A reporter from the Sun-Times had contacted Dina Markam about the new investigation just days before her suicide.

On May 22nd, she indicated that she was “unaware of the investigation, and would like to speak but needed a day to process it.” When she was approached again two days later, she told the newspaper that she needed to “protect herself and children.”

The officer’s death comes after the FBI started recently re-examining the apparent suicide of her 51-year-old husband Donald Markham who was found with a gunshot wound to his head in the couple’s family home

The following day she emailed the paper and stated: “In respect for the way you approached me, a friend of a friend will contact you. I am unsure who that will be, but he assured me he would follow through. My family and I have been through difficult times, and it has been awful for my children. Should you proceed in writing a story, I would appreciate a ‘heads-up’ to prepare them.”

Police reports from Donald’s death noted that narcotics official had committed suicide after drunkenly fighting with his wife at a bar and at their house.

Dina Markam had told authorities that she was locked out of the house and discovered her husband dead in their bed when one of their children let her in.

Markam is believed to have killed herself after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub in the family home after ingesting pills on Sunday

The detective investigating Donald’s death that night added in his report that the gun belonged to the dead officer, but it was not his service gun.

The medical examiner’s office was not able to conduct their investigation at the scene because they weren’t informed of Donald’s death until hours later.

The officer’s body had already been taken out of the home and was being brought to the morgue when the medical examiner’s office was informed, which is not standard practice.

“There was no history of suicidal ideations or attempts, and no suicide note was found,” the medical examiner’s report stated.

Donald and Dina Markam were married in 1995 and had five children together. Dina is pictured above with some of her children

Donald’s death was deemed a suicide after a medical examiner carried out an autopsy.

Authorities now want to know if Donald was murdered, if police somehow mishandled the probe, or if officers were implicated in a cover-up scheme.

As well as taking Donald’s body away from the scene before the medical examiner investigated it, there are worries that no one tested his wife for bullet residue to rule out whether she shot the gun.

The couple got married in 1995 and had five children.

Denis P. Walsh, the lieutenant in charge of overseeing the investigation into the man’s death, was accused three months later of mishandling a murder case.

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