A high ranking St. Louis County Health Department administrator is dead and police are trying to determine if he killed himself to cover up a crime.
And there seems to be some disagreement between Health Department officials and police as to how serious some invoicing irregularities involving Edward Mueth might be.
Mueth killed himself Thursday, one day before he was to meet with officials about money the department paid to a technology firm that he reportedly owns.
Police Chief Tim Fitch says it appears Mueth may have been embezzling funds. Chief Fitch told Fox 2 News that Mueth is suspected of "setting up what could be a company, or maybe a couple of different companies under other names," and using bogus contracts to divert Health Department funds to his personal accounts.
Fitch says the scam could involve millions of dollars. But health department spokesperson Pat Washington says it's too soon to say if any money is missing at all.
The 39 years old administrator had been with the health department for nine year and made $86,000 annually. He had declared bankruptcy in 2004. Yet Mueth had lived in a Webster Groves home he purchased for $1.4 million in 2010. Mueth had told friends he used funds from an IT firm he used to own in order to buy the home.