The grandfather, who drove to the home around 10:40 AM, found the door unlocked but entered and found three bodies. Police later found a fourth victim under a bed.
The Kanawha County Sheriffâ€™s Office said a fifth resident of the house, a 16-year-old male family member, was found safely elsewhere. He has been charged with four counts of murder in connection to the incident.
The name of the 16-year-old male and other identifying information are withheld due to his age.
The Kanawha County Sheriffâ€™s Office identified the victims as Daniel Dale Long, 37, Risa Mae Saunders, 39, Gage Ripley, and Jameson Long, 3, all from Elkview.
‘We do know that a family member tried to get a hold of him yesterday, werenâ€™t able to do so. When they couldnâ€™t get a hold of him this morning thatâ€™s when one of the family members came in to check in on them and thatâ€™s when they were found,’ Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford said on the teen that was located Sunday as per WOWKTV.
‘We determined immediately on the deputiesâ€™ arrival they were all deceased,’ Rutherford added.Â
Deputies say they are not sure when the exact shooting unfolded but said a next of kin has been notified and an investigation is ongoing.
Neighbor Samra Mullins said she didnâ€™t hear anything coming from the home in the quiet neighborhood.
‘Itâ€™s a little nerve-wracking. You donâ€™t expect this to be so close to home,’ Mullins said.
‘It’s just more stress. You know, weâ€™re dealing with the COVID-19. Itâ€™s just more bad news,’ Mullins added. .
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