Family of 4 found dead in Mapleton home

Possible murder-suicide in Mapleton

Possible murder-suicide in Mapleton

Officers went there after getting a call to check on them.

The bodies of an adult man, an adult woman, a teenage girl, and a young boy were discovered inside the home in Mapleton, Utah, Mapleton Police Chief John Jackson said in a press release. Police added that they weren't searching for any other suspects in the case.

Authorities are investigating this as a possible murder-suicide. A resident's employer also reported that they had inexplicably missed work for several consecutive days.

A neighbor called law enforcement on Thursday, reporting that he had not seen his neighbors in days, and that during that time their lights had remained off and their vehicle unmoved, police said.

The chief said the family had moved to the town a few months earlier, and police had not had any prior interactions with them.

Once inside, officers found four people dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

"Once the examinations are complete, we will be able to shed more light on what is believed to have transpired in the home", authorities said.

The 45-year-old father of the family had gotten a job in Utah and moved his wife and two children to the United States from Switzerland.

Another neighbor, who spoke with anonymity, told The Tribune that they got to know Jessica because she had asked to breed her goats with the neighbor's male goat. Maple Mountain High School has made counseling available to their students.

Mapleton, nestled against the mountains about 10 miles (16.09 kilometers) south of Provo, has a population of about 9,500.

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