SD Family In House Fire Apparent Victims Of Murder-Suicide
An autopsy confirms a family of six found dead in a burning South Dakota home died of gunshot wounds, officials said.By Katie Link | September 22, 2015
Authorities announced Tuesday a South Dakota family of six believed to have died in a house fire were actually victims of an apparent murder-suicide.
Fire crews were called to the home of Scott and Nicole Westerhuis near Platte on Thursday. Flames had engulfed the house when the firefighters arrived, and the victims inside were unidentifiable.
The state attorney general's office says an autopsy confirms the mother and four children died of gunshot wounds and the father's death was described as a "shotgun wound with manner of death as suspected suicide."