Crime & Courts

Retired Chicago cop killed in Spring Grove; husband accused of murder

Son-in-law says murder seemed 'preventable'

Lorin Volberding
Lorin Volberding

SPRING GROVE – Elizabeth Volberding, 68, would occasionally telephone her daughter and son-in-law in tears, asking for a place to stay for the night because of violence at her Spring Grove home, said son-in-law Randy Tison, of Rock County, Wisconsin.

She was found dead Friday, shot in the neck at home at the 10800 block of Riviera Drive, Spring Grove. Her husband, Lorin Volberding, 71, is now in custody at the McHenry County Jail facing murder charges.

“It seemed so preventable to us,” Tison said. “She lived in fear for years. She did have the power to take steps, but it wasn’t in her nature to do so. She was more old-fashioned than that.”

The McHenry County Coroner’s Office is investigating Volberding’s death. A neighbor called 911 about 1:23 p.m. Friday, and then police arrived on the scene. The woman was pronounced dead at her home at 2 p.m.

Her husband was arrested 7:50 p.m. Friday. His bond is set at $100,000, according to jail records.  

The Tison family stepped away from the Volberdings in 2007, said Elizabeth Voldberding’s daughter Jen Tison.

“It was too difficult raising young boys into respectful men while watching their grandmother be mistreated by her husband,” she said.

Elizabeth Volberding had sought an order of protection against the man once before in January of 2015, after an incident where Lorin Volberding barricaded both himself, Elizabeth Volberding and several guns in their home and made threats of bodily harm against his wife. The situation lasted three hours, and the man was eventually taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

No charges were brought against Lorin Volberding after the incident, according to McHenry County court records. Both Elizabeth and Lorin Volberding were retired Chicago Police Department officers, according to law enforcement sources.

Authorities “didn’t seem to take steps to protect the people in the household,” Randy Tison said. “I’m not going to say this wasn’t expected. But you hope for the best.”

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