Family of four found dead in Father’s Day murder-suicide

Posted at 7:04 AM, Jun 22, 2015

ROY, Utah - Authorities are investigating after the bodies of a family of four were found in their Roy home overnight.

Officers were called to the home near 4750 S. and 2100 W. for what they thought was an assault but found the bodies when they arrived.

Police said the person who made the 911 call was inside the house at the time and he is a relative of the family.

Authorities said the mother, father and two children were found dead inside on Father's Day.

Father: Russell Smith
Mother: Shawna Smith
Daughter: 6-year-old Tylee Smith
Son: 2-year-old Blake Smith

Police said it appears the family died of gunshot wounds and that Russell's wound "looks to be self-inflicted."

Officials said the mother was a longtime manager of a local preschool/daycare.

"Understand with these kinds of investigations it does take a long time to gather the information," Roy officer Josh Taylor said. "As you can see behind me, we're just barely getting to the point where we're starting to go inside the home and gather more information."

Roy Police said they aren't looking for any other suspects at this time.

Officers said they are not aware of any prior incidents at the home.

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