Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dad murders mom, three kids; burns down the house (Salem, Oregon)


Salem family of 5 dead in suspected murder-suicide

by KGW Staff

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Updated today at 7:24 AM

SALEM -- A mother and three children were found dead during a house fire in Northeast Salem Tuesday, according to police.

Investigators said it appeared that the three young children and their mother died of "homicidal violence" and not due to the fire, according to Lt. Dave Okada with the Salem Police Department.

Firefighters carried the four bodies out of the burning home in the 2500 block of Fisher Road around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The husband is a "person of interest" in the murders, Okada said. He was found dead around 11 a.m., inside a vehicle in Cottage Grove, about 60 miles away.

"At this time investigators believe this to be a domestic related murder-suicide situation," Okada said.

Police have not yet released any names. They said the dead woman's husband was also the father of the slain children.
"It was just really surreal what was going on down there. I basically witnessed people screaming and saying that there were people in the house and I just feel bad for the family,” said neighbor Dan Grove.

Nearby, a delivery driver on Tuesday discovered the body of a man along the road about 4:20 a.m. near the intersection of Fisher and Devonshire Streets. The two scenes were being treated as separate investigations.