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Police identify victims of the murder-suicide in Mapleton

Suspected murder suicide in Mapleton claims four. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Four individuals were found dead from an apparent murder-suicide in Mapleton, Thursday evening.

A concerned neighbor reported to police that the family vehicles had not moved, and that the lights in the house had been off for multiple days.

The neighbor said that he had not seen his neighbors for days and was concerned about their welfare. A local employer also reported that a person who resides at this residence had failed to show up to work for consecutive days.

Officers arrived at the home to perform a welfare check. Officers received no answer at the door, and as they looked around the home they observed things that caused them concern.

After exhausting all efforts to contact local family or friends, officers removed a window and entered the home.

Once inside officers found four individuals that were dead from what appears to be gunshot wounds: one adult male, one adult female, one teenage female, and one young male around the age of 4. Also found deceased with a gunshot wound was a large dog.

UPDATE: Police identify victims in what appears to be a murder-suicide

Timothy Griffith?, 45-years-old, Jessica Griffith,?? 42-years-old, Samantha Badel?, 16-years-old, and Alexendre Griffith , 5-years-old.

The family moved to Mapleton a couple of months ago from Switzerland around July when Timothy gained employment in the area, according to police.

Police have disclosed that Samantha is the biological daughter of Jessica, and the step daughter of Timothy. Samantha was a sophomore at Maple Mountain High School.

According to police, preliminary evidence suggests a murder-suicide, however, that ruling will not be made until the medical examiner’s office has completed their examination.


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