Officers within the metropolis of Enoch stated Michael Haight, 42, killed his spouse, mother-in-law and the couple’s 5 youngsters. Every of the victims appeared to have gunshot wounds, officers stated.
Court docket information present that Tausha Haight, 40, filed for divorce from her husband on December 21. Her lawyer stated yesterday that Haight had been served with the divorce papers on December 27.
Police stated throughout a press convention that they’d earlier interactions with the household, however they didn’t elaborate.
Officers had been despatched to test on the household Wednesday after family and pals contacted officers as a result of they’d not heard from the victims. Officers discovered them useless inside the house.
The youngsters ranged in age from 4 to 17 and included three women and two boys, authorities stated. The opposite sufferer was Tausha Haight’s 78-year-old mom, Gail Earl.
James Park, who represented Tausha Haight within the divorce case, stated she had not expressed any concern that her husband would bodily damage her however declined to elaborate, citing the investigation into the killings.
Park stated he solely met together with her twice, principally not too long ago on Tuesday, and stated she “was an extremely good girl.”
Enoch is a small city of about 8000 folks situated 394 kilometres south of Salt Lake Metropolis and about equally distant from Las Vegas.
The house the place the victims had been discovered was adorned with Christmas lights and situated in a neighbourhood of newly constructed single-family homes on a ridge overlooking the farming neighborhood of Enoch.
It has a view of homes with snow-covered roofs and mountains within the distance. Half the encircling block was cordoned off by police tape.
Enoch is on the outskirts of Cedar Metropolis, one of many fastest-growing cities in Utah, which is among the US’s fastest-growing states.
Cattle and sheep line the freeway that runs by the city, together with indicators that publicize “Customized New Properties” and recreation in southern Utah’s well-known nationwide parks and recreation areas.
Enoch Metropolis Supervisor Rob Dotson stated the neighborhood was despatched reeling by information of the eight our bodies and that the deceased had been well-known within the city.
In most of Utah, the predominant faith is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, identified extensively because the Mormon church.
“Many people have served with them in church, locally and gone to highschool with these people,” Dotson stated Wednesday evening.
“This neighborhood at the moment is hurting. They’re feeling loss, they’re feeling ache they usually have loads of questions.”
“All of us can pray that their households and the neighbours and all will come to an understanding of what occurred on this place, in all probability in a day or two, or perhaps longer,” he stated.
After listening to concerning the deaths, Sharon Huntsman of Cedar Metropolis got here to the neighbourhood with a bouquet of white flowers yesterday morning.
She stated the deaths had deeply rattled Iron County and cried she organized the bouquet.
“It’s only one large neighborhood,” she stated.
“All of us have one heavenly father.”
The 5 youngsters attended colleges within the Iron County Faculty District, officers stated in a letter despatched to folks.
Enoch sits off Interstate 15 in rural Utah, simply north of the town of Cedar Metropolis and about 128 kilometres west of Bryce Canyon Nationwide Park.