A man, a woman and two children were found dead Tuesday morning in what investigators believe was a triple murder and suicide.
The Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting multiple deaths of family members about 9:10 a.m., and deputies found the bodies when they arrived at a home in the 17000 block of U.S. 62, just west of Morris, according to a news release.
The deaths appear to have occurred after a disturbance, which apparently ended in the apparent triple murder and suicide.
The Sheriff’s Office is not seeking suspects in connection with the deaths, according to the release.
The names of the deceased have not been released, pending notification of their next of kin. The state Medical Examiner’s Office will determine their causes of death, according to the release.
Morris, with a population of about 1,500, is about 45 miles south of Tulsa and about seven miles east of Okmulgee.
Sheriff’s deputies told reporters at the scene Tuesday afternoon that they would not release any new information concerning the deaths in an effort to respect the victims’ family.
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Authorities told KJRH that there appears to have been a disturbance that led to the triple murder and suicide. Investigators say they believe the man likely murdered the woman and children before killing himself.
However, a motive for the killings has not been released.
At this point, the investigation is still underway.
“Today we learned that one of our young elementary students passed away. I speak for the Board of Education, School Faculty, and Staff when I state that we are all extremely saddened by the news and our hearts go out to the family and friends. Grief counselors and Clergy will be available tomorrow to meet with any students, parents, or employees who feel the need to talk. Once again, I express my deep sadness that this has occurred. This is a great school community and I know that although it will be a difficult,” a statement from Morris Public Schools read.