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Deaths suspected as murder suicide

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
By theleader

A 16-year-old girl and her stepfather were found dead in their Brigham City home and police are still looking for answers in what appears to be a murder suicide.

The body of Alix Norman was discovered about 5:30 p.m., Tuesday afternoon, by her mother, Chrishelle Woodruff, as she returned from work to the family home at 545 N. 100 E. The body was found at the foot of the stairs, Police Lt. Mike Nelson said.   She immediately notified police.  In their search of the residence, police also found the body of 45-year-old Michael Woodruff in a bedroom.  A .40 caliber handgun was located near him.  The family dog was found shot to death in another room.

Police Lt. Mike Nelson said no notes or helpful clues were found at the scene, but a neighbor did report hearing “popping” sounds about 4:30 p.m.  He said he assumed they came from a nail gun, as the home was under extensive renovations.

Nelson said there did not appear to be any problems in the family and the victims seemed to have had a good relationship.  Chrishelle Woodruff told officers she was not aware that her husband, a truck driver, even owned a gun, so investigators will be looking at ownership of the weapon.

“Right now we don’t have answers to the whys,” Nelson said.  “They took those answers with them.”

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