N. Carolina incest couple, baby dead in multi-state crime scenes

Steven Pladl

Steven Pladl

Steven Pladl's mother had called police to conduct a welfare check on the home after a disturbing phone conversation with her son, Capps said.

The baby that Steven and Katie had together in September 2017 was discovered dead at a home in Knightdale, North Carolina, where the couple used to live. They were each jailed on $1 million bond.

Police work at the scene where a man and a woman were found slain in a pickup truck near the intersection of Routes 55 and 7, Thursday morning, April 12, 2018, in Gaylordsville, Conn. Authorities said the suspect was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot across the state line in NY. In the auto, troopers found the suspect dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. As a condition of his bond, he was no longer allowed to live at that location or have contact with his daughter or their son.

Police in Knightdale, N.C. say they responded to a home around 9 a.m. where Steven Pladl, 45, and his biological daughter Katie Pladl, 20, were living when they were arrested on incest charges out of Henrico County, Va.in January. Police were searching for the suspect's vehicle, a Honda minivan, when he was found dead inside the vehicle several miles away in Dover, New York.

In a late afternoon news conference in Knightdale, Police Chief Lawrence Capps told reporters that Steven Walter Pladl is suspected in the double homicide in New Milford, Conn., and his daughter, Katie, and her adoptive father, were the victims. The conditions of her release were that she must reside with her adoptive parents, who live in NY and was allowed to travel outside of state. The arrest warrant indicated that the couple meant to marry after he was divorced in June 2017 and online pictures were captioned as wedding photos between the couple. She ultimately moved in with them, and called the pair mom and dad, Alyssa said.

"I haven't been in contact with anybody from North Carolina, so I don't have any information directly from anybody down there", Davenport said earlier Thursday, as she was awaiting a jury's verdict in a murder case she was prosecuting in Henrico.

Katie Pladl
Katie Pladl

The relationship between Steven and Katie began when they met as adults.

Mother, Katie Pladl, 20, was found dead inside of a pick-up truck in New Milford, Connecticut, along with her adoptive father, Anthony Buscoe. Eighteen years later, Katie located her biological parents - who lived in the West End of Henrico County, Virginia.

In March 2017, Steven presented Alyssa with the journal and said the 11-year-old was "acting out".

Steven and Katie got "married" in a lakeside ceremony in July not long before she gave birth to their baby. In August 2016, she moved in with her biological parents and their two other children. She said Katie Pladl had ended their relationship the day before. According to the terms of her release she was prohibited from contacting Steven and was mandated to reside in NY with her adoptive parents.

Alyssa later took out protective orders against Steven, so he could not go near her or their two younger daughters. They were recently charged with incest after they reportedly married and had a child together in 2017. She said she believed Steven brainwashed and manipulated Katie.

This is a developing story.

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