Police in Mapleton, Utah say an entire family of four were found shot dead in their home in what police are calling an apparent murder-suicide just months after moving to Utah. Mapleton Police Chief John Jackson issued a statement Friday describing how 45-year-old Timothy Griffith had moved his family to Utah after getting a job there.
Griffith was found dead alongside his wife Jessica Griffith, 42, his stepdaughter Samantha Badel, 16, and his 5-year-old son Alexendre Griffith. Police say even their family dog was killed in the shooting. Their bodies weren't found until one of the family failed to show up for work. Neighbors also noticed their cars hadn't moved and a welfare check was initiated by police.
Police knocked on the door but eventually had to remove a window to get in where they discovered the four bodies and a dead dog. Chief Jackson did not reveal any motive for the killings or how they were carried out. Identities were not released since authorities are still in the process of notifying their next of kin.
The small town of Mapeton, Utah is set against mountains near Provo and has a population of 9,500. Police indicated they had no prior contact with the Griffin family and an investigation is underway.
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