FAMILY MEMBER FINDS HIS MOM AND DAD AND THREE SIBLINGS DEAD: THE CAUSE OF DEATH REMAINS A MYSTERY
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The bodies of 5 family members gathered in a TV room of their duplex in Springfield, Utah, were apparently discovered lifeless by the only surviving family member, who purportedly found his parents, Kristi and Benjamin Strack, and siblings Benson (14), Emery (12), and Zion (11) dead upon returning home.
A preliminary autopsy has apparently ruled out violent assault; there were no signs of a struggle nor suicide, or other types of notes discovered at the scene. Officials tested the home for the presence of deadly monoxide levels and determined the air to be safe although open doors and windows had vented the rooms; a couple of cats and another pet who likely lived in the home were found safe.
Investigators are now waiting for testing results from toxicology reports concerning blood samples and other evidentiary clues. Neighbors are baffled by the deaths and report that they were homeschooled and somewhat on the shy side. Court records indicate that Kristi and Benjamin had pled guilty to forgery related charges years ago, but there was no present indication that this is relevant to the deaths. Springfield has a population of about 30,000 and is located around 45 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah.
The deaths of the five members were revealed to be a murder-suicide precipitated by the parents through the use of toxic drugs, the Daily News reported.