5 people were found dead in Salem, Oregon during a house fire Tuesday, which included 4 murders and 1 suicide, according to police. A mother and three children were found dead and the husband was found later of an apparent suicide. Investigators said it appeared that the three young children and an adult female died of “homicidal violence” and not due to the fire, according to Lt. Dave Okada with the Salem Police Department.
Firefighters pulled the four bodies from the burning home in the 2800 block of Fisher Road around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
The husband is a “person of interest” in the murders, Okada said. He was found dead around 11 a.m., inside a vehicle in Cottage Grove.
“At this time investigators believe this to be a domestic related murder-suicide situation,” Okada said.
Police have not yet released any names.
“It was just really surreal what was going on down there. I basically witnessed people screaming and saying that there were people in the house and I just feel bad for the family,” said neighbor Dan Grove.
Down the road from the home that burned, a delivery driver on Tuesday discovered the body of a man along the road. It was unknown if that death was in any way related to the murders.
The body along the road was discovered about 4:20 a.m., near the intersection of Fisher and Devonshire roads.
The house fire was reported an hour later.