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Man Arrested After Police Find Wife, Daughter Dead

Man Arrested After Police Find Wife, Daughter Dead

Posted - Feb. 21, 2003 at 5:18 p.m.



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(West Valley City, KSL News) -- A woman and her young daughter were found dead in their West Valley home. Police say the suspect is the husband and father.

Officers went to the home after receiving a call from a family member.

At about the same time, the suspect also called police to turn himself in.

Police tried to question the suspect but say he's not talking.

He has however been booked into jail on suspicion of murder.

Meanwhile, neighbors are saddened and shocked by this tragedy.

People in this new West Valley City neighborhood say there were no signs anything was wrong.

Brandi Vancott/Neighbor: "NO, HEAVENS NO. IT WAS HORRIBLE."

Nikki Larsen/Neighbor: "HE JUST INTRODUCED ME TO HIS WIFE AND TOLD ME HOW MUCH HE LOVED HER"

Tonight, the 34 year old woman and her toddler daughter are dead.

The suspect is the husband and father.

Brian Mayo/Neighbor: "I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT TO THINK BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHAT WOULD GO THROUGH ANYBODY'S HEAD TO EVEN ATTEMPT TO WANT TO DO THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE A WIFE AND CHILDREN, WHAT WOULD EVER POSSESS YOU TO TAKE THEIR LIVES? I DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT."

Investigators are releasing few details but early reports indicate the suspect confessed the crime to a family member.

That family member then called police.

In the meantime, the suspect had gone to Valley Mental Health where he too called authorities.

The motive is a mystery.

Capt. Craig Black/West Valley City Police Dept.: "WE DO NOT HAVE ANY HISTORY THAT WE KNOW OF OF ANY FAMILY VIOLENCE AT THIS ADDRESS."

Neighbors didn't know the couple well, but say they seemed happy.

One woman said the suspect enjoyed working in his yard - and talked about living in his home forever.

Other neighbors were only starting to know them.

Brian Mayo/Neighbor: "THE OTHER DAY HE MENTIONED OR ASKED MY SON IF HE WOULD LIKE TO HELP HIM DO SOME SPRINKLERS AND FROM WHAT MY SON KOBE SAID, HE'S A REALLY NICE GUY AND DIDN'T HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH HIM."

Kyle Steadman/Neighbor: "WE TALKED ABOUT, LIKE I SAY, FENCING. WE'VE TALKED ABOUT DIFFERENT THINGS WE WANT TO DO THIS SUMMER IN THE YARD. THE WIFE HAS ACTUALLY BEEN OVER AT THE HOUSE ONCE, AND WE WERE TALKING ABOUT OUR DIFFERENT HOUSES, OUR PLANTS AND STUFF LIKE THAT."

Police are not releasing the victims' names yet, nor how they died.

One woman did say some men working on the home next door heard a loud bang around noon.

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