Father, children dead in apparent murder-suicide, Preble County sheriff says

Father, children dead in apparent murder-suicide, Preble County sheriff says
Published: Jan. 25, 2022 at 10:17 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2022 at 4:02 PM EST
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PREBLE COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - A father and two children are dead in what Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson says is a suspected murder-suicide.

The sheriff identified the father as 40-year-old Shane Elliott, 13-year-old Caleb Elliott and 10-year-old Grace Elliott.

The bodies were found with apparent gunshot wounds just after 7 a.m. Monday in the living room of a home in the 9200 block of Greenbush Road in Gratis Township, the sheriff said in a news release Tuesday.

The sheriff told FOX19 NOW the father pulled the trigger.

Shane Elliott
Shane Elliott(Preble County Sheriff's Office)

Deputies went to the home to do a welfare check after a woman, claiming to be the mother of the children, called 911.

Deputies arrived and found the home secured, so they forced their way in with the belief the kids were likely inside.

The sheriff said the children’s mother, who does not live at the residence, said they had not shown up at Preble Shawnee High School Monday morning, as they normally do.

Further investigation determined that the father had not gone to work either, the sheriff said.

“I’ve been out here honking,” the 911 caller said. “I would knock on the door, but there’s been domestic violence situation and I don’t want to cause a big. . . I don’t want to be. . . I don’t want to be knocking on the door.”

The bodies were taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Their autopsies were performed Tuesday morning.

Sheriff’s officials and the Preble County Coroner’s Office are still investigating.

Cash donations to help the family can be made at any Somerville National Bank location by asking to donate “for the benefit of Kellie Elliot and family.”

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