Father believed to have killed children

May 31, 2009 5:59:28 AM PDT
Police in Oregon say a 45-year-old father found dead with his two children along a hiking trail is believed to have shot them before killing himself. The bodies were found at a nature preserve Friday. A medical examiner confirms that all three were shot with a 9mm. handgun and authorities recovered such a gun from the site.

A police spokesman tells KGW news that detectives have interviewed family members and believe the father had emotional issues linked to his divorce. He had no criminal record but was unemployed .

It is the second time in a week that a parent in the Portland area has been suspected of killing a child.

Amanda Stott-Smith is charged with aggravated murder for allegedly throwing her two children off of a bridge into the Willamette River a week earlier. Her 4-year-old son died, but his seven-year-old sister survived.


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