Michael Haight, 42, was named as a suspect in the deaths of his wife, their five children, and his mother-in-law.
Authorities say a Utah man fatally shot his family of seven in their home on Wednesday before turning the pistol on himself.
Michael Haight, 42, his wife, Tausha Haight, 40, and Tausha’s mother, 78-year-old Gail Earl, were discovered dead at the residence on North Albert Drive, according to a statement from Enoch City in southwestern Utah. The couple’s five minor children, ages 4 to 17, were also killed.
Michael Haight was described as a “suspect” in the statement.
Tausha Haight filed for divorce in late December, according to officials at a press conference. But they didn’t go so far as to state that was the reason.
“While this rigorous investigation is underway, investigators now believe there are no suspects outstanding. “Evidence suggests that the suspect committed suicide after killing seven individuals in the home,” according to the statement.
A 17-year-old girl, a 12-year-old female, a 7-year-old female, a 7-year-old male, and a 4-year-old male were the only minor children identified by their ages and genders.
Concerned family and friends phoned police to the home around 4 p.m. for a welfare check, according to the Thursday statement.
Enoch City is located approximately 180 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
Enoch City Mayor Geoffrey Chestnut stated at a news conference Thursday that the tragedy has rocked the community of around 7,500 people.
“My neighbors were from the Haights. My sons and the younger children played in my yard “Chestnut expressed his emotions. “This is a huge blow to many, many families who have spent many, many nights with these people who are no longer with us.”
“We have no idea why this occurred. Nobody will ever know what was going through these people’s heads “Rob Dotson, the city manager, stated on Thursday. “However, we do know they were our friends, our neighbors, and we loved them.”
At the press conference, Enoch City Officers Chief Jackson Ames stated that police were involved in certain investigations with the family a few years ago, but declined to elaborate.
Tausha Haight missed her appointment on Wednesday, prompting officials to do a welfare check.
According to a letter sent to district parents and guardians, the five youngsters were students at Iron County School District.
“This loss is certain to elicit a wide range of feelings, worries, and questions for our whole school system, particularly our pupils,” the letter stated.
A crisis intervention team would be accessible for students, according to the district.
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox called the shooting “senseless” on Twitter and requested people to remember Enoch in their prayers.
Haight’s relatives could not be reached immediately on Thursday. Neighbors were not contacted either.