Oklahoma couple, 2 small daughters found dead in apparent murder-suicide

An Oklahoma couple and their two young children were found dead in their home Saturday in a western Tulsa suburb, the apparent victims of a murder suicide.

Sand Springs police have not yet identified the victims but said the woman was 41, the man 31, and the children 2- and 4-years-old, both girls, the Sand Spring Leader reports in the Tulsa World.

The mother of the man found the bodies, Sand Springs Police Capt Todd Enzbrenner said. She told police she had been planning to babysit the children Saturday afternoon but couldn’t reach anyone by phone, so she went to the family home in the Sunburst Mobile Home Park.

Enzbrenner declined to release the cause of death but said “it was obvious they were deceased” when medical personnel arrived. He also said the bodies were found “all over the house.”

Witnesses told police they heard a commotion at the home between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm on Saturday, describing it as loud banging, “like furniture being thrown around,” Enzbrenner said. He said he didn’t know if a weapon was found.

“This is quite a tragedy for the community,” he said.

It’s the second suspected murder-suicide originating in the mobile home park in 16 years, Enzbrenner said. Sylvia Bettis was found decapitated in her bed on November 4, 2004, and her husband, retired Victory Assembly of God Rev Robert Bettis, was missing for more than a week before his body surfaced in Shell Lake and his car was found parked on the dam. Police believe he killed his wife then drove to the dam and jumped off.

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