The coroner’s office has released the identities of an elderly couple who were found stabbed to death inside their apartment in Highland Park Wednesday morning.
An autopsy showed Ronald Goldberg, 79, and Renee Goldberg, 74, both of Highland Park, died as a result of multiple sharp force injuries, according to Lake County Chief Deputy Coroner Steve Newton.
The Highland Park Fire Department and Highland Park Police Department responded around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday to Albion Highland Park, 1850 Green Bay Road.
Highland Park Communications Manager Amanda Civitello said emergency personnel responded to a call of a wellness check at an apartment in the building.
Police officers arrived and noticed blood under the door.
Officers forced entry into the unit and found Ronald Goldberg and Renee Goldberg both deceased.
Lake County Chief Deputy Coroner Steve Newton told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that both victims had been stabbed.
Autopsies were performed Thursday morning on the couple.
A person of interest, identified as Barry M. Goldberg, 45, was inside the apartment and taken into custody.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and approved two counts of first-degree murder against Goldberg, officials said Wednesday evening.
The Lake County Major Crime Task Force sent evidence technicians to the scene to assist in the investigation.
Civitello said there is no known threat to public safety.
“As there is no threat to public safety and this is an active investigation, the City is not able to comment further on the investigation at this time,” Civitello said.
City officials are working with the on-site property manager to provide support to residents in the building.
Court records show the three Goldbergs reside at the apartment building where the murders happened.
Records also show the apartment complex filed an eviction in Lake County Circuit Court against them in July.
“It’s just a hard day and it’s hard for Highland Park to go through something else like this,” Mindy Kirsch told news reporters.
Kirsch said she was longtime friends with the couple, who lived with their son in the apartment.
“They were really good people,” Kirsch said, CBS 2 reported. “They were really nice down-to-earth people.”
Barry Goldberg was expected to appear in bond court Thursday morning but he did not appear.
It was not immediately known whether he would appear at the afternoon bond call.