Cause of death released in Plattsmouth mom and son

Charlotte and Owen Schilling

By:  Newsroom

Police say a Nebraska mom who disappeared last month with her son strangled the 10-year-old boy before strangling herself.

Their bodies were found May 20 in the woods of Lake Manawa State Park, south of Council Bluffs in western Iowa.  Council Bluffs police said Monday that 41-year-old Charlotte Schilling, of Plattsmouth, Neb. and her son, Owen, both died with plastic zip ties around their necks.

The Schillings were reported missing May 10.  Council Bluffs police say Charlotte Schilling tried to commit suicide with a plastic zip tie in November, but a family member intervened.  Friends told investigators that Schilling's recent behavior was consistent with someone contemplating suicide.