MAPLETON, Utah — Police are investigating what they are calling a possible murder-suicide in Mapleton after officers performing a welfare check found four people dead inside a home Thursday night.
Police responded to a residence near 1500 North and state Route 89 around 9:30 p.m. because a neighbor reported family vehicles at the home had not moved, lights in the house had been off for multiple days, and the residents had not been seen, according to Mapleton Police Chief John Jackson.
A local employer also reported that one of the home's residents had failed to show up to work for several days.
Officers got no answer at the door, looked around the home, "observed things that caused them concern," and removed a window to enter the home around 10:15 p.m., Jackson said.
They found four people — a man, a woman, a teenage female, and a very young male — plus a dog, dead from apparent gunshot wounds. The names of the deceased have not yet been released, pending notification of family members.
Police got a search warrant for the home and are investigating. Preliminary evidence suggests a murder-suicide, Johnson said, but that won't be determined until the medical examiner’s office has completed its examination and the investigation is complete.
Mapleton police had no prior issues with this family, who moved to Mapleton a few months ago, Johnson said. He expected the incident to have a large impact on the community.
"It's going to rock our community," he said. "It's going to tear some people up, because these people up here care about each other. So this will hit them hard. But they'll come together; they always do."