Independence police detectives questioned and released a woman whose husband was found dead on Sunday at their home.

Independence police detectives questioned and released a woman whose husband was found dead on Sunday at their home.

Police released 50-year-old Catherine A. Ashworth around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday after interviewing her about the death of 63-year-old Ronnie D. Ashworth.

Mrs. Ashworth went missing for more than a day after police were called to the couple’s home Sunday afternoon at 18512 Blackhawk Trail in northeast Independence.

Detectives held Ashworth for 24 hours so they could talk with her, police spokesman Tom Gentry said.

“We released her pending further investigation,” Gentry said.

Investigators are awaiting a cause of death from the Jackson County Medical Examiner.

The department held a Monday morning press conference to ask for the public’s help in finding Mrs. Ashworth, who disappeared along with her 2002 black Ford Mustang. Officers said they were concerned for her safety and that she might be in danger. A citizen’s tip led police to Ashworth. She was unharmed.

Authorities are labeling Ronnie Ashworth’s death as “suspicious.”

They have not released details of the investigation.

According to court records, the couple divorced in May 1992 in Jackson County Circuit Court. They later remarried.

Police are asking for anyone with any amount of information in the case to call them at 816-325-7330 or the Crimestoppers hot line at 816-474-TIPS.

Have a crime-related news tip? Call reporter Michael Glover at 816-350-6322or e-mail at michael.glover@examiner.net.