A mum and grandmother from Northampton were among five people found dead by police after a murder-suicide.
According to Spanish Fork police in Utah, United States, officers visited a home for a welfare check after a man living there failed to arrive to work.
Officers said when they arrived, they noticed through a window that there was blood on the carpet of the front room as well as empty handgun shell casings. When officers entered the home, they found the bodies of five people who had all suffered gunshot wounds.
Investigators said they believe the male resident, identified as Joshua Boren, 34, killed his four family members and then took his own life.
Among the four victims was Kelly Boren, 32, who lived in Northampton.
Also found were her children Jaden Boren, 7, Haley Boren, 5, and Kelly’s mum Marie King, 55, who was a former Northampton School for Girls pupil.
Jeannette Malpas, sister of Marie King, who lives in Northampton said on Facebook: “R.I.P To my sister Marie her daughter Kelly and her children Jaden and Hayley bug. May you all rest peacefully I will love and miss you all for ever.xxxx”
Investigators said Joshua and Kelly had been experiencing marital problems for the past several months. They said no suicide note was found in the home.
During a press conference on Friday, Spanish Fork police said Joshua worked as an officer with the Lindon City Police Department. He also previously worked as a deputy with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.
A spokesman Lindon City Police Chief Cody Cullimore said: “The Lindon City Police Department is saddened to learn of the tragic events which occurred at the Spanish Fork home of Officer Joshua Boren on Thursday, January 16, 2014.
“Officer Boren was hired by the Police Department on October 14, 2013 and has worked as a patrol officer since that time. Prior to coming to the Lindon Police Department, Officer Boren worked as a Deputy with the Utah County Sheriff’s office for over seven years.
“Officer Boren was selected for hire in October from a field of over 70 highly qualified applicants and had performed admirably as a patrol officer. His conduct, behavior and professionalism were exemplary.
“We are shocked and saddened by the events as they appear to have occurred. We are working closely with the Spanish Fork Police Department to investigate and hopefully come to an understanding of this tragic occurrence.
“Officers said the bodies will be transferred to the State Medical Examiner’s Office where autopsies will be performed.”