Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas family massacre

CARNATION, Wash. - The King County Sheriff's Office says six bodies, including the bodies of two children, have been found at a home near the small town of Carnation.

Sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart. says the victims are most likely three generations of family.

Police say they have ruled out the possibility of a murder-suicide, but say they're looking for possible suspects. They said they do not have a specific suspect in mind.

The homicides happened on Christmas Eve, either late afternoon or early evening. The victims include a man and a woman who appear to be in their 50s, a man and a woman appearing to be in their 30s, a 6-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy. They likely died of gunshots, police say.

Sgt. Jim Laing says the bodies were discovered about 8 a.m. in a home in the 1800 block of 346th Avenue NE. They were found by a co-worker of one of the victims who worked at a post office. The co-worker went to the home when the usually reliable postal employee failed to show up for work.

Detective Bob Conner, says there is "no ongoing threat to the community" related to the killings. He said Carnation is a very close-knit community, and he wasn't aware of police being called to the crime scene address for past incidents.

The home appears to be a large older house on isolated property in the mostly rural area. A mobile home is also located on the property.

King County's "Guardian One" helicopter could be seen flying over the area.

Detectives are searching outbuildings as well as the home. They towed away a black pickup truck sealed with evidence tape.

"It's a very wide area here. Very dense, wooded, and part of the investigation is checking the whole area and terrain out to make sure there isn't other evidence or possibly other victims," said Conner.

It seems to be hard now days to get through a major holiday like Christmas without at least one of these kind of incidents making the news. I did a criminal background check on a job applicant today who had just gotten out of state prison for breaking into someone's home on Christmas Eve back in 1993 and killing them.

I have just one question for the cops out there. If they don't know that the murderer is dead at the scene and they are looking for possible suspects then how in hell can they say that there is no ongoing threat to the community?

If some person or persons capable of butchering an entire family, including children, is running around free I would say that the community is in some danger. Wouldn't you?