SINGAPORE - When she reached home, a scene of utter horror greeted her. Lying dead in a pool of blood in the basement of the home in the US state of Utah was her teen daughter.
A shocked Mrs Chrishell Woodruff called police on Tuesday evening, and officers found her husband and the family dog dead in different rooms, the Mail Online reported.
They had died of gunshot wounds.
A .40-calibre Glock handgun was found next to Mr Michael Woodruff's body.
Brigham City Police Lieutenant Michael Nelson said that Mr Woodruff, 45, shot his stepdaughter, 16-year-old Alix, and the dog before killing himself, though a motive for the murder-suicide is not clear.
Lt Nelson said there was no suicide note and few clues in the home. He added that Mrs Woodruff was not even aware that her husband owned a gun.
Relatives told police they did not know of any domestic problems, though the couple had been fighting. Neighbours said the members of the family were "wholesome" and "nice".
Lt Nelson told Fox News that the couple had some problems, "but to my knowledge, there hasn't been any domestic problems at all".
He said: "The relationship between the stepfather and the daughter was quite well. Everybody is in total shock."
Alix's school said the teen attended all her classes on Tuesday.
Police said the home was undergoing renovations on the ground floor and the family was living in the basement where the bodies were discovered.
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